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

transitive verb

: to put in mind of something : cause to remember
Choose the Right Synonym for remind

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

Example Sentences

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web Only minor cracks in the metal frame still remind us of that terrible October morning. Wojciech Delikta, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2023 Hobbies can remind us that life doesn’t always have to be so serious. L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 25 Feb. 2023 Educated at Radcliffe, the daughter of a wealthy Baltimore lawyer continuing Arlosoroff’s mission to get Jews out of Germany, Susannah seems designed to remind readers of America’s own antisemitism. Randy Rosenthal, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2023 Many Palm Sunday scriptures foreshadow the resurrection of Jesus and remind readers of His sacrifice for the world's salvation. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 21 Feb. 2023 And the rocket scientist who helped remind us of that. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Feb. 2023 The movie’s got the lifestyle-envy sleekness of a commercial for a luxury sedan, a glossiness meant to remind us that certain of these characters have no souls, only surfaces and empty gestures and a gluttony for dollar bills. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2023 After a couple of years during which the pandemic made such gatherings impossible, attending an orchestral performance seemed like a good way to remind us that things have gotten better. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 15 Feb. 2023 The tiny flowers remind us of vintage floral patterns on our grandmother's tea towels, but the vibrant colors bring the pattern into 2023. Erin Johnson, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of remind was in 1621

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Cite this Entry

“Remind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​mind ri-ˈmīnd How to pronounce remind (audio)
: to put in mind of something : cause to remember
remind a child that it is bedtime
reminder noun
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