Definition of remember in English:



  • 1[with object] Have in or be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of (someone or something from the past):

    ‘I remember the screech of the horn as the car came towards me’
    ‘no one remembered his name’
    • ‘Whenever a team isn't winning, people always remember who isn't playing.’
    • ‘She even had trouble remembering some details about Luke.’
    • ‘I suggest that you give him a new name as hearing his old name may cause him to remember the past.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, I'm having trouble remembering things today.’
    • ‘When it comes to good conduct, it's worth remembering an incident that occurred in 1999.’
    • ‘After exposure to extreme stress, some victims report difficulties remembering things in everyday life.’
    • ‘I don't even remember all the things that happened on this trip.’
    • ‘I remember watching my father get dressed for work when I was a kid.’
    • ‘I still remember quite vividly reading the story when I was at primary school.’
    • ‘We must always remember all who took part in all conflicts past and present.’
    • ‘But Richard can still remember vividly the day he questioned the idea that more choice is always better.’
    • ‘He had not remembered that incident so long ago; how could he?’
    • ‘He, no doubt, shall be remembered with fondness by many former students.’
    • ‘I remember reading that myself and puzzling over how this conclusion had been drawn.’
    • ‘He remembered with fondness the beautiful Cherry trees, which are still in the gardens.’
    • ‘If you don't believe me, ask yourself whom you remember most fondly from your childhood.’
    • ‘I don't even remember which brain regions are being considered.’
    • ‘I had several teeth out this way and can still remember vividly the smell and the rubber mask.’
    • ‘You reminded me of someone I remember vaguely from my very early childhood.’
    • ‘She will be remembered with affection as a friendly, kind and reserved lady.’
    bear in mind, keep in mind, not lose sight of the fact, not forget, be mindful of the fact
    recall, call to mind, recollect, think of
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    1. 1.1 Bear (someone) in mind by making them a gift or making provision for them:
      ‘he has remembered the boy in his will’
      bequeath something to, leave something to, make someone a gift, give something to, bestow something on
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    2. 1.2 Pray for the well-being of:
      ‘the congress should be remembered in our prayers’
      • ‘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, honour, salute, celebrate, pay homage to, pay one's respects to, memorialize, keep alive the memory of
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    3. 1.3remember someone to Convey greetings from one person to (another):
      ‘remember me to Charlie’
      • ‘I told everyone to remember me to their husbands.’
      send one's best wishes to, send one's regards to, give one's love to, send greetings from, send one's compliments to, say hello to
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    4. 1.4remember oneself Recover one's manners after a lapse:
      ‘she remembered herself and sat up straighter’
      • ‘He finally remembered himself and replied, ‘Sorry,’ as he turned his back to her.’
      • ‘Then she relaxed, remembering herself, and walked to the edge of the stage.’
      • ‘He snorted once, and looked as if he might return it before remembering himself and lowering his head.’
      • ‘After a moment, he remembered himself and got into the passenger side.’
      • ‘He remembered himself almost instantly, and left the room.’
      • ‘But then he remembered himself and bowed his head in thanks, exhausted.’
      • ‘But then the laughter floated to him, drowned out the crying, and he remembered himself.’
      • ‘‘H-hi,’ Andy responded, remembering himself just in time for politeness.’
      • ‘I remembered myself, and bowed my head to him, and said to him, ‘Here is the monk.’’
      • ‘‘Y-you're a - ‘he started, but then he remembered himself.’’
      • ‘The headman reached out as if to grasp the major's arm before he remembered himself and snatched his hand back, but his pathetic eagerness was plain to see.’
      • ‘She had grabbed a third apple and had gotten ready to throw it, but remembering herself just in time she clenched her fist.’
      • ‘I ask if he hangs out with the band after the concert, and for a moment he says yes, but then he remembers himself.’
  • 2[with infinitive] Do something that one has undertaken to do or that is necessary or advisable:

    ‘did you remember to post the letters?’
    • ‘Please list your 5 choices in order, remember to sign your post, and get it in by midnight on the 21st.’
    • ‘Just remember to tread gently where feelings are concerned - your own as well as other people's.’
    • ‘Even though we had our own garden, my mother always bought from him, and as children we remembered to be on the front porch to wave to him on his return trip to Rutherglen.’
    • ‘Enjoy this island and remember to venture out of your resort to do some exploring and make the most of your time on this very exotic island.’
    • ‘Just remember to take responsibility and arm yourself with proper backcountry gear, and check the avalanche conditions.’
    • ‘Rinse off with a fourth cloth and hot water, remembering to keep the rinsing cloths in separate buckets.’
    • ‘If I were to make a suggestion to him, my suggestion would have been they ought to have remembered to call on some foreign reporters.’
    • ‘Book had won the pot, which it turns out almost no one had remembered to put any money into.’
    • ‘Just remember to book your stay well in advance to avoid disappointment, as it is busy year round in this city of royal romance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If only I had remembered to put the cap back on the Liquid Plumber before it was inadvertently knocked over.’
    • ‘She suggested he should see a dentist, of course, as well as remembering to brush his tongue when he brushes his teeth.’
    • ‘Just remember to book your homebound flight from the right airport.’
    • ‘Then, when you're stopping the paper and the mail, remember to plant some trees as well.’
    • ‘Finally, remember to set aside a few quid for a week away yourself - as parents of the bride you'll need it!’
    • ‘Don't assume the applicants will remember to specify which jobs interest them.’
    • ‘If we can't manage things at home, such as cooking, cleaning, bathing or remembering to take our medications, we may not know where to go for help.’
    • ‘All wonderfully participative, although no one remembered to advise the aggrieved to change the station or turn the radio off altogether.’
    • ‘Before booking airfare, remember to research all your options, including alternate airports.’
    • ‘I remembered to consider all the things that could possibly go wrong.’
    don't forget, be sure, be certain
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    1. 2.1[with clause] Used to emphasize the importance of what is asserted:
      ‘you must remember that this is a secret’
      • ‘You must remember that this too shall pass and change is constant in life.’
      • ‘Everyone must remember that the Federal Government has no responsibility to fund the bypass.’
      • ‘However, when you play with campers, you must remember that you are not playing at the same level you would be with peers.’
      • ‘We must remember that making it a legal act does not make it right.’
      • ‘And you must remember that the last white tiger ever seen in the wild was in 1956.’
      • ‘It's important to remember that celebrities are not better or worse in any way than regular members of the public.’
      • ‘He said, yes, we must remember that Democrats have a very spotty record in terms of their history on this, as well.’
      • ‘If we are ever together again, we must always remember that there are to be no unkind words, thoughts or gestures.’
      • ‘It is important to remember that the focus must be on the child.’
      • ‘Here in Britain, we must remember that we are allied with America, therefore many of the things we hear are pro-American.’
      • ‘But again, we must remember that unlike reality TV, this film is deliberate about everything.’
      • ‘You must remember that in Europe during those days everyone wore a uniform of one sort or another.’
      • ‘One must remember that Nash calls the state of Texas home for much of the season.’
      • ‘I must remember that when I am next raising money for a charity.’
      • ‘This effect is quite variable from one individual to the next and one must again remember that the effects of the drug stops once it is discontinued.’
      • ‘This is when you must remember that it's all for a good cause.’
      • ‘You must remember that your asthma may be active and present even when you have no symptoms.’
      • ‘Having since upgraded the alarm system to go off if so much as a fly touches our windows, I must try to remember that an alarm system that is not on is not an alarm system.’
      • ‘We must always remember that when we write our history, we are trying to bequeath valuable records to our future generations.’
      • ‘It is important to remember that ice packs must not be continued beyond the first few days as they may not help.’


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