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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.
  3. to have (something) come into the mind again: I just remembered that it's your birthday today.
  4. to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee: The company always remembers us at Christmas.
  5. to give a tip, donation, or gift to: to remember the needy.
  6. to mention (a person) to another as sending kindly greetings: Remember me to your family.
  7. (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.
  8. 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

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

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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. 2018

Examples from the Web for remembering

Contemporary Examples of remembering

Historical Examples of remembering

  • How frantic, as if all things were about to eventuate, remembering not that nothing ends.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • As she said all this, Hester felt like a hypocrite, remembering her own sins.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He seemed not to be remembering, but to be living in the former days.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • "I think so," said Oliver, remembering what he had heard at school.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • And for five years, remembering them, I had been proud of being "smart."

British Dictionary definitions for remembering


  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 mindto remember Pythagoras' theorem; remember to do one's shopping
  3. (tr) to give money, etc, to (someone), as in a will or in tipping
  4. (tr foll by to) to mention (a person's name) to another person, as by way of greeting or friendshipremember me to your mother
  5. (tr) to mention (a person) favourably, as in prayer
  6. (tr) to commemorate (a person, event, etc)to remember the dead of the wars
  7. 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
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Word Origin and History for remembering



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

remembering in Medicine


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