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commemorate

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Definition mark by some ceremony or observation — especially the memory of something
  • We should have a holiday to commemorate her birth.
commemorate = mark by some ceremony or observation
  • This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps
  • commemorates = honors the memory of
  • It commemorates the disaster that put our town smack on the front page of the Boston and New York tabloids.
    Louise Erdrich  --  The Leap
  • commemorates = marks by some ceremony or observation
  • For an instant Druse had a strange, half-defined feeling that he had slept to the end of the war and was looking upon a noble work of art reared upon that commanding eminence to commemorate the deeds of an heroic past of which he had been an inglorious part.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  A Horseman in the Sky
  • commemorate = mark by some ceremony or observation
  • Nothing commemorates the site, only rubble and faded signs in overgrown thickets where hundreds of men once toiled and sometimes died.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The claim was made in an AMI pamphlet commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of The Jungle's publication.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The engineer corps was working on a new arch that would commemorate the victory over Polybotes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Apparently teleportation was such a rare ability that there was no official gemstone or token to commemorate it.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Dad smiles and says, "I just thought you should have something to commemorate this special day."
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • I am not ashamed of commemorating old Kester.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • At one end is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, commemorating the Revolutionary War dead buried there.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • Like the pyramids and the ruins of Maya, they will commemorate an erroneous development of human genius.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • If you don't want that, you don't go to high school reunions, you don't go to the thirty-fifth commemoration of the worst year of your life.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • "Yes, there's a meeting of the Society of Amateurs today in commemoration of the jubilee of Svintitch," said Katavasov in answer to Levin's inquiry.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Bradleys with commemorative plaque atop Mount Suribachi, April 1998.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • But it commemorates an important day in our family: my sister's graduation, my rape trial.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • I invented the laurel wreath to commemorate my failure—to punish myself for the fate of my greatest love.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • The last thing they needed was another quest to find another god who would probably demand his own commemorative T-shirt or Valdezinator.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Quartered in this dingy hatchment commemorative of Symond are the legal bearings of Mr. Vholes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • A few minutes later she came out in Waterland flower-print shorts, a big red Waterland T-shirt, and commemorative Waterland surf shoes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)

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