commit (something) to memory

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commit (something) to memory

To make an effort to learn something; to memorize something. Everyone in our English class had to commit a poem to memory and then recite it before the class. I just can't seem to commit your phone number to memory!
See also: commit, memory

commit something to memory

to memorize something. Do we have to commit this poem to memory? The dress rehearsal of the play is tomorrow night. Please make sure you have committed all your lines to memory by that time.
See also: commit, memory

commit to memory

Learn by heart, memorize, as in The director insisted that the altos commit their part to memory by Tuesday. First recorded in 1875, this phrase today is often replaced by the shorter memorize.
See also: commit, memory
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But who among us commits to memory a new type of dip stick published in a maintenance pub?
Memorization itself is a source not only of intellectual discipline but also of spiritual companionship--the prayers or poems that one commits to memory can provide solace in times of stress.
Although Raymond cannot subract fifty cents from a dollar, he can compute square roots to the seventh decimal in his head, can beat the house by counting cards at a casino, and quite literally commits to memory everything he experiences, sees, or reads (even the phone book).