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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Who doesn't remember all the hype from the Korean TV series Squid Game? Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 The other important thing to remember is that the mountain sits at a rather high elevation more than 16,000 feet above sea level — 17,060 feet to be exact — so be prepared by bringing plenty of water and taking your time on the ascent and descent. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Acoli has claimed he was grazed by a bullet and blacked out, and couldn’t remember the exact sequence of events. David Porter, ajc, 10 May 2022 Garcetti’s office has said the mayor does not remember the incident. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The only difference is that the Avengers do not remember knowing him. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 May 2022 No one can remember the last time a player beat him in a deep sand run. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 While most Americans can't remember a time without them, hamburgers only started to become widely popular in the United States roughly a century ago. Maxime Tamsett, CNN, 3 May 2022 Semrow didn’t remember the case right away and asked if the fight happened at school. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Remember.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remember. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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