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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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I was taught first to read and write, and then to learn the Koran, which is the basis of our holy religion, and the better to understand it, I read with my tutors the ablest commentators on its teaching, and committed to memory all the traditions respecting the Prophet, which have been gathered from the mouth of those who were his friends.
The reproofs she committed to memory, going about the garden and saying them aloud like an actor memorizing his part.
Taking up Baedeker's Handbook to Northern Italy, she committed to memory the most important dates of Florentine History.
The authors' comments about the importance of deep listening--listening that lets patients know that we care about them as individuals, that we understand them, and that they can trust us to act in their best interests--should be read by all medical students and committed to memory.
As advancements are made in the field, they will have to learn new information that enhances or counters what they have already committed to memory.
If you've ever cooked by following a recipe you haven't committed to memory, it won't be hard for you to understand why smart speakers are poised to become as useful as a solid chef's knife.
When she goes, that era is formally committed to memory, consigned to the past, and there opens up a terrible vacancy.
Before the Salukis play the Coyotes Saturday, he will have committed to memory every front, coverage and tendency of the South Dakota defense.
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I recently committed to memory the entire thirty-third canto from Dante's Paradiso.
The site is set to be committed to memory on March 2 as a blue plaque is put in place to mark where he was born and lived in the early years of his life.
shall be committed to memory by all students' of public and private schools.
"Patterns were committed to memory rather than paper and, just as nowadays no one is cataloguing working gear such as overalls, gansey details tend to have been overlooked by history.
I'm not sure any of its classic lines are committed to memory the way Paul's signature passages routinely are.
See how much you can recall of poems and texts you have committed to memory in the past, and make it a goal to relearn the portions that have faded over time.
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