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

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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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But also by the deep trauma felt by those left behind, even those as young as Clarissa, who may not remember the awful details of the day her mother died, but still feels the weight of it from those around her. Helen Ubiñas,, "Families of homicide victims, bonded by love | Helen Ubiñas," 13 July 2018 For those of us who remember having more acne than friends in junior high, Bo Burnham's poignant coming-of-age comedy (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expanding nationwide throughout the summer) will feel all too real. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Why that disturbing #MeToo moment in 'Eighth Grade' has everyone talking," 12 July 2018 Fast forward to 2018 and even those who remember that tournament well don’t seem to understand its lesson., "Detractors Calling England's Run 'Easy' Have Failed to Learn Lessons of World Cup History," 10 July 2018 Judge Lozano will be remembered for his decades of service on the federal bench. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hammond federal judge Rudy Lozano, 76, dies," 13 July 2018 His lingering audience shrunk, and he was largely forgotten about beyond his most obvious creations, and even then he was only remembered when a movie was coming out and the Content Machine needed to be fed. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Steve Ditko Was More Than Just the Guy Behind Spider-Man," 9 July 2018 Still remember the day I was cut from the team the summer before my Junior season. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "C.J. McCollum recalls how being cut from Team USA was 'blessing in disguise'," 4 July 2018 To remember them, they were not given any justice and no one was held accountable for their gruesome deaths. Paula Rogo,, "Ugandan Women Step Out to Protest Rising Violence Against Women," 2 July 2018 Fifty-one years later, the episode is rightly remembered as one of the best Star Trek outings—perhaps the best. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 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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The first known use of remember was in the 14th century

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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)


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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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