remember

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

Definition of remember 

transitive verb

1 : to bring to mind or think of again remembers the old days

2 archaic

a : bethink sense 1b

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 \ noun
rememberable \ ri-​ˈmem-​b(ə-​)rə-​bəl \ adjective
rememberer \ ri-​ˈmem-​bər-​ər \ 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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Balthazar Korab/Library of Congress Kevin Roche remembers his initial interview with Eero Saarinen in 1950. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 The conclusion was these men, and Susan Collins, they will be remembered as the ones who installed in the Supreme Court the guy who attempted to rape Dr. Blasey Ford. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018 Zeiger remembers looking into his eyes, digging through his bloody clothes to find his dog tags, then watching the 23-year-old pass away. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Lizzie's Freak Out Was in a Familiar Location Fans of The Vampire Diaries might remember the kitchen where Lizzie had her little moment after Raphael rejected her. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All 'The Vampire Diaries' Easter Eggs in the Series Premiere of 'Legacies'," 26 Oct. 2018 Ballistic entry may be a rough ride, but remember that early astronauts knew no other way down. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Ballistic Reentry: How Astronauts Survive a Failed Launch," 11 Oct. 2018 Inside the Detroit office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is helping represent him, Mejia remembered the trauma of the past three months. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Immigrant dad separated from son in Michigan: 'A pain in my heart'," 14 July 2018 However, Barbie collector Lulu Calloway remembers a time when Barbie wasn't so inclusive. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Valley of the dolls: Barbie collectors hit Phoenix resort scene for 2018 convention," 13 July 2018 Colleagues remember Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Rob Hiaasen at a memorial for the Capital Gazette staff Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Annapolis. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Fellow journalists remember victims of shooting at Annapolis memorial," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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