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commemorateverb [T]

uk   us   /kəˈmem.ə.reɪt/
C2 to ​rememberofficially and give ​respect to a ​greatperson or ​event, ​especially by a ​publicceremony or by making a statue or ​specialbuilding: Gathered all together in this ​church, we commemorate those who ​losttheirlives in the ​war. A ​statue has been ​built to commemorate the 100th ​anniversary of the poet's ​birthday.
(Definition of commemorate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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commemorateverb [T]

 us   /kəˈmem·əˌreɪt/
to show ​honor to the ​memory of an ​importantperson or ​event in a ​special way: The ​ceremonies commemorated the 20th ​anniversary of the ​founding of the ​school.
commemorative
adjective  us   /kəˈmem·ər·ə·t̬ɪv/
The Elvis Presley commemorative ​stamp was ​eagerlybought by collectors.
(Definition of commemorate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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