verb re·mem·ber \ ri-ˈmem-bər \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of remember

remembered; remembering play \ri-ˈmem-b(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to bring to mind or think of again
  • remembers the old days
2 archaic
a : bethink 1b
b : remind
3 a : 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
1 : to exercise or have the power of memory
2 : to have a recollection or remembrance


play \ri-ˌmem-b(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun


play \ri-ˈmem-b(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective


play \ri-ˈmem-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.

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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

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 English Language Learners


Definition of remember for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb re·mem·ber \ ri-ˈmem-bər \

Definition of remember for Students

remembered; remembering
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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