Definition of remind in English:



[with object]
  • 1Cause (someone) to remember someone or something.

    ‘he would have forgotten my birthday if you hadn't reminded him’
    with object and direct speech ‘‘You had an accident,’ he reminded her’
    • ‘She left a quick note reminding her father not to forget his meeting in the morning and went on her way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And remind me sometime to write about accessibility of information online.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I cannot feel too bitter about an occasion that reminds me that my birthday is the next day.’
    • ‘If you do, your wife will remind you daily for the next six years.’
    • ‘I pushed through by reminding myself that when this project was finished, it would all be worth it.’
    • ‘I was able to remind myself of these cases by reading the notes on the previous evening.’
    • ‘Occasionally the guitar figure skips a note, reminding us she is actually playing this.’
    • ‘The Judge properly reminded the jury of the suggested motive for lying.’
    • ‘I can't even begin to do it justice except to say that it reminds me why I fell in love with animation in the first place.’
    • ‘Healthcare professionals can address the psychological needs by having patients remind themselves daily why they are quitting smoking.’
    jog someone's memory, refresh someone's memory, help someone remember, cause someone to remember
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    1. 1.1remind someone of Cause someone to think of (something) because of a resemblance.
      ‘his impassive, fierce stare reminded her of an owl’
      • ‘The floor resembled an empty floor of a warehouse, and John was reminded of where he'd woken up the day before.’
      • ‘The voice reminds me of the technician that had prepared me for the drop.’
      • ‘We gave them the album… actually they were one of the first to say it reminds them of '80s new wave.’
      • ‘He reminds me rather of Christopher Hitchens, and that's high praise indeed.’
      • ‘It reminds me a little too much of the leisure suit, a fashion faux pas we don't need to revisit.’
      • ‘The way he would hold a note reminded me at the time of David Bowie, though that now seems wide of the mark.’
      • ‘The series reminds me a lot of Cardiac Arrest, this programme that used to be on BBC One in the mid-90s.’
      make one think of, cause one to remember, put one in mind of, take one back to, bring to mind, call to mind, awake one's memories of, evoke, call up, conjure up, summon up
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  • 2Cause (someone) to fulfil an obligation or to take note of something.

    with object and clause ‘the barman reminded them that singing was not permitted’
    with object and infinitive ‘she reminded me to be respectful’
    • ‘The public were reminded to keep to marked footpaths, keep dogs on leads around livestock and close gates.’
    • ‘All members are reminded to bring something for the supper and also a little gift.’
    • ‘All catering staff have been reminded of the importance of adhering to these procedures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Encourage courtesy by reminding children to say please and thank you to those who serve or help them.’
    • ‘With the lambing season now under way dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs under control.’
    • ‘They were all reminded what the real point of the evening was.’
    • ‘Members are reminded to bring their competition entries with them for the meeting.’


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