remember

verb
re·​mem·​ber | \ ri-ˈmem-bər How to pronounce remember (audio) \
remembered; remembering\ ri-​ˈmem-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce remember (audio) \

Definition of remember

transitive verb

1 : to bring to mind or think of again remembers the old days
2 archaic
b : remind
3a : to keep in mind for attention or consideration remembers friends at Christmas
b : reward was remembered in the will
4 : to retain in the memory remember the facts until the test is over
5 : to convey greetings from remember me to her

intransitive verb

1 : to exercise or have the power of memory
2 : to have a recollection or remembrance

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Other Words from remember

rememberability \ ri-​ˌmem-​b(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remember (audio) \ noun
rememberable \ ri-​ˈmem-​b(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce remember (audio) \ adjective
rememberer \ ri-​ˈmem-​bər-​ər How to pronounce remember (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of remember in a Sentence

I remember my first day of school like it was yesterday. Do you remember me? I used to work with you many years ago. Remember when we went hiking last summer? I remember telling him not to do it, but he did it anyway. I remember what that felt like. As far as I can remember, I've never been late to a meeting. I couldn't remember how to spell her name. I can't remember where I put that book. I remembered that I had left my wallet at home. What was it that I was going to ask him? I can't remember.
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Recent Examples on the Web But, remember, nobody is forcing anybody to do anything. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 Maybe for the parents, who pay thousands of dollars for the trip; what kids remember might be the $17.99 mouse ears. Washington Post, 25 July 2021 Speaking of reckless, remember that absurdly widespread ransomware attack that hit at the beginning of the month? Brian Barrett, Wired, 24 July 2021 Since posting her voice memo, Maitreyi pinned it to her Twitter profile so people can revisit and remember how to say her name. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 23 July 2021 What people remember best from 1964 is the victory of the Japanese women’s volleyball team, a group of factory workers who snatched the gold medal from the Russians; or the men’s gymnastics team, which won a group gold medal, becoming heroes. New York Times, 22 July 2021 The better question might be, does anyone remember these back-to-back twisters in Howard County? Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 And that’s not what Kocian and Baumann remember most. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 22 July 2021 There’s nostalgia for former and current Christians alike (remember Veggie Tales?!?) and a peek into the underbelly of Christian pop culture for those unfamiliar with it. Kriska Desir, Vulture, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of remember

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of remember was in the 14th century

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“Remember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remember. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for remember

remember

verb

English Language Learners 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)

remember

verb
re·​mem·​ber | \ ri-ˈmem-bər How to pronounce remember (audio) \
remembered; remembering

Kids Definition of remember

1 : to bring to mind or think of again Do you remember my name?
2 : to keep in mind Please remember your promise.
3 : to pass along greetings from Remember us to your family.

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