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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause (a person) to remember; cause (a person) to think (of someone or something): Remind me to phone him tomorrow. That woman reminds me of my mother.

Origin of remind

First recorded in 1635–45; re- + mind
Related formsre·re·mind, verb (used with object)un·re·mind·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for reminding

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Historical Examples

  • An obsolescent appliance for reminding assassins that they too are mortal.

  • I have always kept it by me, to remind me: though I wanted no reminding.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Mrs. Judson alone persisted in reminding me of the impending scandal.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was stopped from reminding her by Phoebe's saying that she'd leave for a bit of shopping.

    Spacemen Never Die!

    Morris Hershman

  • This by way of reminding the Sharpshooter of something which he preferred to forget.

    Old Man Curry</p>

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

British Dictionary definitions for reminding


  1. (tr usually foll by of; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to cause (a person) to remember (something or to do something); make (someone) aware (of something he may have forgotten)remind me to phone home; flowers remind me of holidays
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reminding



1640s, "to remember," from re- "again" + mind (v.). Meaning "to put (someone) in mind of (something)" is first recorded 1650s. Related: Reminded; reminding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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