verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to possess or exercise the faculty of memory.
to have recollection (sometimes followed by of): The old man remembers of his youth.

Origin of remember

1300–50; Middle English remembren < Old French remembrer < Late Latin rememorārī, equivalent to re- re- + Latin memor mindful (see memory) + -ārī infinitive suffix
Related formsre·mem·ber·a·ble, adjectivere·mem·ber·er, nounun·re·mem·bered, adjectiveun·re·mem·ber·ing, adjectivewell-re·mem·bered, adjective

Synonyms for remember

1. Remember, recall, recollect refer to bringing back before the conscious mind things which exist in the memory. Remember implies that a thing exists in the memory, though not actually present in the thoughts at the moment: to remember the days of one's childhood. Recall implies a voluntary effort, though not a great one: to recall the words of a song. Recollect implies an earnest voluntary effort to remember some definite, desired fact or thing: I cannot recollect the exact circumstances.

Antonyms for remember

1, 2. forget. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remember

Contemporary Examples of remember

Historical Examples of remember

  • That father too embraced him and asked him in the presence of all,—“Do you remember both your lives, my son?”

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • Besides, it is needful to remember what star and what sign of the Zodiac rules the sick person.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest

    Alexander Glovatski

  • I was trying to remember whether or not I'd put moth-balls in your winter suit.'

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • I wrote the one here in question, which met with general acceptance; and I do not remember that any one else competed.

    The Germ


  • I do not remember much else about it; indeed, the pain in my arm was so sharp that I had no eyes for physical features.


    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for remember



to become aware of (something forgotten) again; bring back to one's consciousness; recall
to retain (an idea, intention, etc) in one's conscious mindto remember Pythagoras' theorem; remember to do one's shopping
(tr) to give money, etc, to (someone), as in a will or in tipping
(tr foll by to) to mention (a person's name) to another person, as by way of greeting or friendshipremember me to your mother
(tr) to mention (a person) favourably, as in prayer
(tr) to commemorate (a person, event, etc)to remember the dead of the wars
remember oneself to recover one's good manners after a lapse; stop behaving badly
Derived Formsrememberer, noun

Word Origin for remember

C14: from Old French remembrer, from Late Latin rememorārī to recall to mind, from Latin re- + memor mindful; see memory
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 remember

early 14c., "keep in mind, retain in the memory," from Old French remembrer "remember, recall, bring to mind" (11c.), from Latin rememorari "recall to mind, remember," from re- "again" (see re-) + memorari "be mindful of," from memor "mindful" (see memory). Meaning "recall to mind" is late 14c.; sense of "to mention" is from 1550s. Also in Middle English "to remind" (someone). An Anglo-Saxon verb for it was gemunan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for remember




To recall to the mind; think of again.
To retain in the memory.
To return to an original shape or form after being deformed or altered.
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