Definition of remember in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈmembər/


[with object]
1Have in or be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past): I remember the screech of the horn as the car came toward me no one remembered his name
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  • I suggest that you give him a new name as hearing his old name may cause him to remember the past.
  • I still remember quite vividly reading the story when I was at primary school.
  • Whenever a team isn't winning, people always remember who isn't playing.
recall, call to mind, recollect, think of;
reminisce about, look back on
archaic bethink oneself of
bear/keep in mind, be mindful of the fact;
take into account, take into consideration
1.1 [with infinitive] Do something that one has undertaken to do or that is necessary or advisable: did you remember to mail the letters?
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  • Then, when you're stopping the paper and the mail, remember to plant some trees as well.
  • Please list your 5 choices in order, remember to sign your post, and get it in by midnight on the 21st.
  • Paul's strengths are that he vacuums, does dishes, and remembers to turn the car blinker off pretty quick after completing a left hand turn.
be sure, be certain;
mind that you, make sure that you
1.2 [with clause] Used to emphasize the importance of what is asserted: you must remember that this is a secret
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  • It is important to remember that ice packs must not be continued beyond the first few days as they may not help.
  • It is important to remember that the focus must be on the child.
  • It's important to remember that celebrities are not better or worse in any way than regular members of the public.
1.3Bear (someone) in mind by making them a gift or making provision for them: he has remembered the boy in a codicil to his will
bequeath something to, leave something to, bestow something on
1.4 (remember someone to) Convey greetings from one person to (another): remember me to Charlie
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  • I told everyone to remember me to their husbands.
send one's best wishes, send one's regards, give one's love, send one's compliments, say hello
1.5Pray for the success or well-being of: the congress should be remembered in our prayers
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  • If you pray, please remember all the survivors and their families as well as the bereaved.
  • We have comforted their family members and will always hold them in our hearts and remember them in our prayers.
commemorate, pay tribute to, honor, salute, pay homage to
1.6 (remember oneself) Recover one’s manners after a lapse.
Example sentences
  • I ask if he hangs out with the band after the concert, and for a moment he says yes, but then he remembers himself.
  • ‘H-hi,’ Andy responded, remembering himself just in time for politeness.
  • He snorted once, and looked as if he might return it before remembering himself and lowering his head.



Example sentences
  • But the youngest of the company, who was also the greatest rememberer of all, says: ‘I remember nothing.’
  • Generally, the best recalled information tends to be central to the event, meaningful to the rememberer (witness/victim), and thought about in the years since the incident.
  • They concluded that mistaken reports tend to contain less information related to the perceptual or sensory detail of the event, are described with more words, and tend to be held with less confidence by the rememberer.


Middle English: from Old French remembrer, from late Latin rememorari 'call to mind', from re- (expressing intensive force) + Latin memor 'mindful'.

  • memory from Middle English:

    English adopted the Latin word memoria twice, first directly from Latin in the Middle Ages as memory, then in the 15th century through French as memoir. The earliest sense of memoir was ‘a memorandum’; people's memoirs, either recording historical events or recounting their own lives, appeared in the 17th century. Latin memoria is formed from memor ‘mindful’, from which memorable (Late Middle English); remember (Middle English); remind (mid 17th century); reminisce (early 19th century); and commemoration (Late Middle English) also come. A 1903 song introduced the world to memory lane, while another song took the same title in 1924. In both lyrics people ‘wandered’, whereas nowadays we take a trip down memory lane when we indulge in pleasant or sentimental memories. In medieval times and later, merchants, lawyers, and diplomats would write memorandum that… at the head of a note of something to be remembered or a record of what had been done. In Latin memorandum means ‘it is to be remembered’, and is a form of memorare, ‘to bring to mind’. Memento (Late Middle English) is also pure Latin. It was at first a prayer of commemoration and is an order to ‘remember!’.

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Syllabification: re·mem·ber

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