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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web East Valley kids may remember me as Andi, the off-kilter clarinet player who was always talking about Korean barbecue. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, "I'm Andi Berlin, the new dining critic at The Republic. I'm thrilled to be home. Let's eat," 3 May 2021 One thing to remember: Elorza parted ways with his longtime fund-raising consultant late last year, so this was his first full quarter with a new team in place. BostonGlobe.com, "New year, more campaign fund-raising for Rhode Island’s top pols," 3 May 2021 But remember how the Browns had injuries last year on the offensive line. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "How about some guys from Ohio State and Cincinnati? Terry Pluto’s Browns Scribbles," 1 May 2021 If Lance becomes an elite quarterback, no one will remember the steep draft price paid to move up to ensure his selection. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "With Trey Lance, all looks perfect for 49ers. They must brace for what's next," 1 May 2021 Just remember: The clock’s ticking, and the majority of these deals won't be live tomorrow! Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The Home Depot launched a two-day sale to compete with Way Day 2021," 30 Apr. 2021 And remember that information about photosynthesis? Washington Post, "Is liquid chlorophyll good for you? Experts debunk this TikTok trend.," 29 Apr. 2021 Above all, remember: This challenge is all about you! Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "The Official SELF Spring Reset Challenge Workout Calendar," 29 Apr. 2021 The thing to remember with blown deadlines is that time is of the essence. Mark Antonio Wright, National Review, "‘How Do I Ask for an Extension on a Blown Deadline?’," 25 Apr. 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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5 May 2021

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“Remember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remember. Accessed 7 May. 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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