re·​mind | \ ri-ˈmīnd How to pronounce remind (audio) \
reminded; reminding; reminds

Definition of remind

transitive verb

: to put in mind of something : cause to remember

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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 remind in a Sentence

She'll forget to call the doctor if you don't remind her. Remind me to buy some groceries after work. I constantly have to be reminded how to pronounce her name. I had to remind him that we were supposed to leave early. The audience was reminded to turn their cell phones off in the theater. The mail just arrived. That reminds me, did you mail that letter I gave you yesterday?
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The county also launched a door-to-door campaign this month to improve recycling by reminding customers to keep plastic bags and wraps out of recycling carts. Stephen Hudak,, "Recycling plastic grocery bags? It’s ‘a waste of effort,’ Orange County says," 11 June 2019 Morgan said the team was reminded before the game that goal differential is an important tiebreaker in determining the positions of teams after the first round. Kevin Baxter,, "For Thailand player, losing to the U.S. is an ‘amazing experience’," 11 June 2019 Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world, but Muto reminded potential visitors to the games that the substance is against the law in Japan. Stephen Wade,, "Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds all: Cannabis is banned in Japan," 11 June 2019 In an interview with Buzzfeed, which involved some seriously cute puppies, Turner joked that one of the dogs reminded her of her husband. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Just Made the Best Risqué Joke About Joe Jonas," 9 June 2019 Thank you, Amy, for filling me with oxytocin and reminding me that even when the world is painful, there are pleasures worth being present for, such as orgasms. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "I Tried the $40 Vibrator That Everyone on Amazon Is Obsessed With," 8 June 2019 The show is currently in production on the final season, which debuts this fall and sadly will remind of the fleeting nature of existence. Dan Snierson,, "The Good Place to end after season 4," 8 June 2019 Commander Pilyih called those actions irresponsible, reminding the public that alligators are dangerous. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Five-foot alligator spotted strolling around Pittsburgh neighborhood," 7 June 2019 Castejon said at the end of the luncheon, his son's teacher reminded him not to forget the trophy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Family outraged after boy with autism receives "Most Annoying" student award from school," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of remind

1621, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2019

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The first known use of remind was in 1621

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English Language Learners Definition of remind

: to make (someone) think about something again : to cause (someone) to remember something


re·​mind | \ ri-ˈmīnd How to pronounce remind (audio) \
reminded; reminding

Kids Definition of remind

: to cause to remember I'm calling to remind you of your appointment.

Other Words from remind

reminder noun

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to take the place or position of

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