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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Recent Examples on the Web But even by snake hunting standards, the July night when TIME accompanied Donna Kalil in the Florida Everglades was a night to remember. Justin Worland, Time, "Inside the Effort to Hunt Pythons Slithering Amok in the Florida Everglades," 6 Nov. 2019 The officer remembered an incident involving the same car, which is owned by a North Royalton woman, a few weeks prior, involving a traffic stop. John Benson, cleveland, "Shoplifter caught with chicken and sausage in her purse: North Royalton Police Blotter," 6 Nov. 2019 Etiquette involves remembering that there are other people in the world with their own needs, feelings, and grief. Ivy Jacobson Ford, Country Living, "Etiquette May Be the Root of Your Anxiety—but Understanding It Could Be the Cure," 6 Nov. 2019 Go beyond the checkbox Designers need to remember that the standard regulations and requirements for online accessibility are meant as a bare minimum, not a comprehensive to-do list. Gabe Varela, Quartz, "Healthcare websites are the worst for people who need them the most," 4 Nov. 2019 Ozymandias), the world’s smartest man, remembered Eddie mocking the earnest attempt at forming a crime-fighting team in the 1960s. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Watchmen Questions Its Heroes’ Legacies," 4 Nov. 2019 Acquaintances would remember him as a shy, nearsighted youth who liked soccer but preferred to spend his free time at the local mosque. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s ‘terrorist-in-chief,’ dead at 48," 27 Oct. 2019 But he is remembered in history as the person who saved American capitalism. Aron Cramer, Quartz at Work, "Capitalism is not working. Here’s how business leaders can fix it," 25 Oct. 2019 For extra credit, remember to eat each morsel with pinkies fully extended. Phillip Valys,, "Enjoy ‘Downton Abbey’ tea and British desserts at this Boca Raton movie theater," 17 Sep. 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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13 Nov 2019

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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 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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