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

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 The stock market collapse was swift and severe and many investors still remember and feel that pain to this day. Joel Litman, Forbes, "Wall Street Wrong Again: Goldman’s “Non-Profitable” Tech Index Is Not Vindicated By Volatility," 4 Mar. 2021 Gwen’s family remember her perfect roast potatoes well, and kindly shared the recipe with us. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Isn’t it Romantic? Stay home this year and celebrate with a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner for Two," 1 Mar. 2021 Do ya’ll remember that time Walter Hamada and @wbpictures tried to destroy a Black man’s credibility, and publicly delegitimize a very serious investigation, with lies in the press? Charu Sinha, Vulture, "WarnerMedia Responds to Ray Fisher Tweets About Walter Hamada," 28 Feb. 2021 Detroit resident Kenneth Cox, 87, can remember hearing a young Aretha Franklin singing at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church located in the neighborhood of Black Bottom. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods are crumbling. Some want to undo that legacy," 27 Feb. 2021 Please remember that about two years ago the German army had to withdraw from a big NATO exercise because its troops were going to exceed the number of overtime hours allowed under their collective bargaining agreement. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: COVID $1.9 trillion win, likely loss of budget chief pick," 27 Feb. 2021 And remember that friends or siblings may detect digital self-harm (or traditional cyberbullying) before parents do. Washington Post, "Digital self-harm: What to do when kids cyberbully themselves," 26 Feb. 2021 It's encoded into the token so that when a sale occurs, that cut is automatically deducted and sent to the original artist's digital wallet (remember your passwords, people!). Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How to sell a cat GIF for half a million dollars," 26 Feb. 2021 Now, imagine that number (remember: somewhere in the tens of thousands) and multiply it by 30 years. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Allure Editors' 30 Favorite Beauty Products of All Time," 25 Feb. 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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6 Mar 2021

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“Remember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remember. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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