Definition of remind in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈmīnd/


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to remember someone or something: he would have forgotten the boy’s birthday if you hadn’t reminded him [with object and direct speech]: “You had an accident,” he reminded her
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  • Both Isabella Rosellini and Marilyn Monroe began as models, she reminds me.
  • Normally she reminds me by circling the date in red on her desk calendar and angling it so that I can't help but see it.
  • On the other hand, I cannot feel too bitter about an occasion that reminds me that my birthday is the next day.
1.1 (remind someone of) Cause someone to think of (something) because of a resemblance or likeness: his impassive, fierce stare reminded her of an owl
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  • The floor resembled an empty floor of a warehouse, and John was reminded of where he'd woken up the day before.
  • We gave them the album… actually they were one of the first to say it reminds them of '80s new wave.
  • The voice reminds me of the technician that had prepared me for the drop.
make one think of, cause one to remember, put one in mind of, bring/call to mind, evoke
1.2Bring something, especially a commitment or necessary course of action, to the attention of (someone): [with object and clause]: the bartender reminded them that singing was not permitted [with object and infinitive]: she reminded me to be respectful
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  • Encourage courtesy by reminding children to say please and thank you to those who serve or help them.
  • These poles and trees are to remind the heir that it is his obligation to care for the orphans.
  • He will need to be reminded that his duty is to assist the court rather than Sarah.


Mid 17th century: from re- 'again' + the verb mind, probably suggested by obsolete rememorate, in the same sense.

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