remember

verb
re·​mem·​ber | \ ri-ˈmem-bər How to pronounce remember (audio) \
remembered; remembering\ ri-​ˈmem-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce remembering (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 rememberability (audio) \ noun
rememberable \ ri-​ˈmem-​b(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce rememberable (audio) \ adjective
rememberer \ ri-​ˈmem-​bər-​ər How to pronounce rememberer (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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In his San Antonio days, remember, Leonard made the media-shy Tim Duncan seem gregarious. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to Join the Clippers in a Stunner," 6 July 2019 Second, remember that what flits through our newsfeeds often comes via algorithms that enable news to careen through our echo chambers and elicit confirmation bias, factual or not. The Conversation, "Confused about what to eat? Science can help," 5 July 2019 Rodriguez remembered feeling that a Black woman couldn’t make a career in beauty being a businesswoman—that was the point drilled into her. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Monique Rodriguez Talks Making Money Moves At Essence Festival Beauty Carnival," 5 July 2019 The Rockies would need about a zillion bullpen guys in a non-humidor scenario, but hey, remember the other team has to pitch here, too. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: With juiced balls opening the Coors Field floodgates, let’s unplug the humidor and really have some fun," 4 July 2019 Rarely remembered, however, is a prejudice-defying moment in 1956. Richard Hurowitz, WSJ, "Two Women Who Defied Prejudice At Wimbledon," 4 July 2019 In this uneven reimagining, the girl remembered mostly for going mad and drowning becomes the heroine — a forward-thinking, fearlessly rule-breaking agent of change in a story usually marked by its hero’s inaction. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Ophelia’ zeroes in on Shakepeare’s fatal femme," 4 July 2019 Despite holiday activities, remember to acknowledge their faithfulness to you. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 4, 2019: Leo, leave the skyrockets to the pros; Scorpio, what goes around, comes around," 4 July 2019 Just remember to get a mix of cured and cooked for an array of flavors and textures. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "THIS is the Ultimate Italian Hoagie Meat Lineup," 3 July 2019

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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 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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