[ ri-mem-ber ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; think of again: I'll try to remember the exact date.

  2. to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of: Remember your appointment with the dentist.

  1. to have (something) come into the mind again: I just remembered that it's your birthday today.

  2. to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee: The company always remembers us at Christmas.

  3. to give a tip, donation, or gift to: to remember someone in need.

  4. to mention (a person) to another as sending kindly greetings: Remember me to your family.

  5. (of an appliance, computer, etc.) to perform (a programmed activity) at a later time or according to a preset schedule: The coffeepot remembers to start the coffee at 7 a.m. every day.

  6. Archaic. to remind.

verb (used without object)
  1. to possess or exercise the faculty of memory.

  2. to have recollection (sometimes followed by of): The old man remembers of his youth.

Origin of remember

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English remembren, from Old French remembrer, from Late Latin rememorārī, equivalent to re- re- + Latin memor “mindful” (see memory) + -ārī infinitive suffix

synonym study 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.

Opposites for remember

Other words from remember

  • re·mem·ber·a·ble, adjective
  • re·mem·ber·er, noun
  • un·re·mem·bered, adjective
  • un·re·mem·ber·ing, adjective
  • well-re·mem·bered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use remember in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remember


/ (rɪˈmɛmbə) /

  1. to become aware of (something forgotten) again; bring back to one's consciousness; recall

  2. to retain (an idea, intention, etc) in one's conscious mind: to remember Pythagoras' theorem; remember to do one's shopping

  1. (tr) to give money, etc, to (someone), as in a will or in tipping

  2. (tr foll by to) to mention (a person's name) to another person, as by way of greeting or friendship: remember me to your mother

  3. (tr) to mention (a person) favourably, as in prayer

  4. (tr) to commemorate (a person, event, etc): to remember the dead of the wars

  5. remember oneself to recover one's good manners after a lapse; stop behaving badly

Origin of remember

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

Derived forms of remember

  • rememberer, noun

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