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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Recent Examples on the Web For example, the lemon, green apple, and mineral notes may be familiar, but the small of butter croissant in the wine may remind you of a peaceful breakfast at French café. Liz Thach, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Good advice that all drivers should remind themselves of from time to time. Eric Zorn,, 20 May 2021 After a while the finger-waggers began to remind me of the people who pushed abstinence during an earlier health crisis, the AIDS epidemic. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Musk had nothing on his girlfriend Grimes, who showed up to give a Chloe Fineman–esque Princess Peach performance and remind us of how much better things were in the Art Angels era. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 9 May 2021 The women in my family tell me that gardens remind them of life. Jessi Jezewska Stevens, The New Yorker, 8 May 2021 But Jones will come in and have Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and tight end George Kittle at his disposal — which might remind him of throwing to DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle in Tuscaloosa. Sporting Green Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 Margot Robbie was quick to remind me of this last year, just weeks before the pandemic unfolded. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The clothes remind me of WASPs but infused with Italian passion: a hardware horsebit here, buffed leather there, and big ole monogram all over. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of remind

1621, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Remind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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