Word to the Wise: memorize and remember


Two words that you might want to distinguish. They both go back to the same root (for example memor in Latin) that means existing in the mind.

Memorize/memorise (verb) – learn something new so you remember

Remember (adverb) – think of something that you already knew

Memory (noun) – things that are remembered or the ability to remember stuff

How to use memorize, remember and memory?


The first grade pupils were asked to memorize a poem for Monday morning’s English class.

Do you use GPS to find your way to a new place or do you try to memorize the map?

Actors have to memorize their roles.

I wanted to call her but then I remembered she had asked me not to disturb her after 10 pm.

Do you remember that day in June when we went on a picnic in the forest?

Sorry, I didn’t remember that we had a meeting now.

I can remember her face, but I don’t remember her name.

His childhood was now only a vague memory.

We have pleasant memories of that day.

A thing like that hasn’t happened in the memory of mankind.

Come on, use your memory, you know the answer.

She has learnt many new words in a short time due to her excellent memory.

Songs about Memory

It’s a popular subject for songs!

Check out this great song: Memory from Cats, sung by Barbra Streisand:

if you liked that, you might also like The Way We Were:

A newer song is Tear in Your Hand by Tori Amos:

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