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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Kandi Burruss celebrated her husband Todd Tucker by reminding him just how much he is loved and appreciated. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Kandi Burruss Threw Todd Tucker A Birthday Bash Fit For A Leo," 6 Aug. 2019 By Jove, how this reminds me of the little fellow in London. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "The Meaning of All Caps—in Texting and in Life," 23 July 2019 And each company was well aware of their duties under the CSA, as they were reminded by the DEA and had internal documents that showed awareness, court documents said. CNN, "Drug companies shipped 'hundreds of millions' of suspicious opioid orders to Ohio, court documents say," 22 July 2019 In their twilight years, their hearts opened as they were reminded of their own mortality. Vikram Zutshi, Quartz India, "Why do abusive men (and the women who support them) behave the way they do?," 19 July 2019 In these moments, I am reminded of several stories from my own family about individuals who, despite the sacrifices, were generous to those in need. Blair Nodelman, Teen Vogue, "Why Jewish Activists Are On The Front Lines In Mass Protests Against ICE," 9 July 2019 Eleven appears to be able to exorcise, or at least temporarily deactivate, the Mind Flayer from Billy (Dacre Montgomery) by reminding him of his childhood memories as a young surfer with his mom. Time, "Let's Discuss the 10 Big Questions We Have After Binging Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019 Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "How to get, from San Francisco’s July 4 fireworks spectacular — without a car," 3 July 2019 Of course, as anyone in business will remind you, a property’s true value is ultimately determined by how much somebody else is willing to pay for it. David Selig,, "The Dolphins may not win many games, but they’re still one of the most valuable sports teams in the world," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of remind

1621, in the meaning defined above

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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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