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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She is remembered as temperamental, consumed by her art, or as a noble renegade, relentless in her pursuit of some undeniable greater truth. ... Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "The Charming Letters of One of America’s Painting Legends," 3 May 2019 To put the new batch of chips in context, remember that Intel announced its Core X series last fall, aimed at creators. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel launches 18 9th-gen desktop Core chips, the majority without hyperthreading," 23 Apr. 2019 He will be remembered as someone who lied his way in power. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests," 12 Apr. 2019 Pulitzer is probably best remembered now for the journalism awards that bear his name and which... John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People’ Review: The Ur Media Mogul," 11 Apr. 2019 Disney fans will remember Jordan for his reoccurring role as Holden on Live and Maddie. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Jordan Fisher? Everything You Need to Know About "TATBILB"’s New John Ambrose," 1 Apr. 2019 Wherever the story of Tesla goes next, and whatever detours Elon Musk has in store, 2018 will likely be remembered for that. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 As news of her death spreads, fans are remembering Marshall for her contributions to film and television as well as for Laverne’s style. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "We have Penny Marshall to thank for the popularity of the monogram," 18 Dec. 2018 One provides an objective spatial framework, an internal representation of the external world in which the experience to be remembered could take place. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Collating memories of what happened based on where it happened," 25 Nov. 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 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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