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by heart

Completely; by memory. Often used in reference to something that one has memorized or knows very well. Ask Becky to recite the poem—she knows it by heart. I can't sing that song in front of an audience if I don't know the words by heart!
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by rote

By memory, perhaps without true understanding of the topic. Ask Becky to recite the poem—she knows it by rote. Research shows that simply learning things by rote doesn't always translate into the best grasp of the material.
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by rote

[of learning or memorizing] done as habit and without thinking. I simply memorized the speech by rote. I don't know what it means. The student learns everything by rote and doesn't really understand the concepts.
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learn something by heart

Fig. to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without thinking; to memorize something. The director told me to learn my speech by heart. I had to go over it many times before I learned it by heart.
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learn something by rote

Fig. to learn something by memorizing without giving any thought to what is being learned. I learned history by rote; then I couldn't pass the test that required me to think. If you learn things by rote, you'll never understand them.
See also: learn, rote

by heart

Also, by rote. From memory; also, mechanically. For example, Betty had trouble learning the song by heart, but her teacher insisted on it, or Japanese schools put heavy emphasis on learning by rote. These terms are often put as know by heart or learn by rote . The first term was already used by Chaucer (in Troilus and Cressida). The variant, also dating from the 1300s, often implies mere memorization without deeper understanding. Both phrases remain in use, although this form of learning is no longer so widespread as it once was. Also see commit to memory.
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learn by heart

Also, learn by rote. See under by heart.
See also: heart, learn

by rote

If you do something by rote, you do it without thinking about it or understanding it properly, often because you have learned about it by repeating it many times. It is easy to forget how much learning was done by rote in the past. He uses the same old lectures, delivered by rote.
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by heart

from memory.
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by ˈheart

(British English also off by ˈheart) using only your memory: There was a time when I knew the whole poem by heart.
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by heart

Learned by rote; memorized word for word.
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Research on rote memorization has shown that a prolonged period of repetitive rote memorization may lead to improvements in verbal/episodic memory, which persists in the weeks following the cessation of exercise of rote learning.
Rote exercises must be easily accomplished to facilitate quick study in the lesson.
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The implications for the teaching profession was that rote learning was needed for learning mathematical facts, Dr Sylvia Steel told the BA Festival of Science at Exeter University, Devon.
Rote learning and other auditor methods had given way over the past 30 years to more visual methods which aimed to emphasise understanding or arithmetic concepts.
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The rote memorization in preparation for what is arguably the greatest surviving relic of the classical Chinese Confucian examination system is increasingly out of touch with the needs of a country facing a challenging future.
I think that having to recite a Pledge of Allegiance to your country, droned by rote every single day before school or before every baseball game, is ridiculous ("One Nation Indivisible," December Church & State).
It also assessed the extent to which these two versions of the keyword method were more effective than the rote method.
AAHA also played a key rote, under the leadership of the Commission on Ethics in Long Term Care, in reducing the use of restraints through stepped up training and communications.
People bothering to get in the car for something on a Friday evening, even from out of town, and driving downtown and parking and coming in here means they're doing it purposefully, not by rote.
Might they curtail the required rote recitation of the pledge in favor of a more in-depth and profound understanding of what being in relationship with the divine ultimately means?
Despite working in a print medium that often created dark, indistinct images, there is nothing rote or mechanical in works such as Life, where a young girl thumbs through the picture magazine.