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

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Contemporary Examples of reminding

Historical Examples of reminding

  • 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

    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