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remember

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verb re·mem·ber \ri-ˈmem-bər\

Simple Definition of remember

  • : to have or keep an image or idea in your mind of (something or someone from the past) : to think of (something or someone from the past) again

  • : to cause (something) to come back into your mind

  • : to keep (information) in your mind : to not forget (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of remember

remembered

remembering

play \-b(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring to mind or think of again <remembers the old days>

  3. 2 archaic a :  bethink 1b b :  remind

  4. 3 a :  to keep in mind for attention or consideration <remembers friends at Christmas> b :  reward <was remembered in the will>

  5. 4 :  to retain in the memory <remember the facts until the test is over>

  6. 5 :  to convey greetings from <remember me to her>

  7. 6 :  record, commemorate

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to exercise or have the power of memory

  10. 2 :  to have a recollection or remembrance

rememberability

play \-ˌmem-b(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

rememberable

play \-ˈmem-b(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective

rememberer

play \-bər-ər\ noun

Examples of remember in a sentence

  1. I remember my first day of school like it was yesterday.

  2. Do you remember me? I used to work with you many years ago.

  3. Remember when we went hiking last summer?

  4. I remember telling him not to do it, but he did it anyway.

  5. I remember what that felt like.

  6. As far as I can remember, I've never been late to a meeting.

  7. I couldn't remember how to spell her name.

  8. I can't remember where I put that book.

  9. I remembered that I had left my wallet at home.

  10. What was it that I was going to ask him? I can't remember.



Origin and Etymology of remember

Middle English remembren, from Anglo-French remembrer, from Late Latin rememorari, from Latin re- + Late Latin memorari to be mindful of, from Latin memor mindful — more at memory


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of remember

remember, recollect, recall, remind, reminisce mean to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind. remember implies a keeping in memory that may be effortless or unwilled <remembers that day as though it were yesterday>. recollect implies a bringing back to mind what is lost or scattered <as near as I can recollect>. recall suggests an effort to bring back to mind and often to re-create in speech <can't recall the words of the song>. remind suggests a jogging of one's memory by an association or similarity <that reminds me of a story>. reminisce implies a casual often nostalgic recalling of experiences long past and gone <old college friends like to reminisce>.


REMEMBER Defined for Kids

remember

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verb re·mem·ber \ri-ˈmem-bər\

Definition of remember for Students

remembered

remembering

  1. 1 :  to bring to mind or think of again <Do you remember my name?>

  2. 2 :  to keep in mind <Please remember your promise.>

  3. 3 :  to pass along greetings from <Remember us to your family.>





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