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’
    • ‘Occasionally the guitar figure skips a note, reminding us she is actually playing this.’
    • ‘If you do, your wife will remind you daily for the next six years.’
    • ‘Both Isabella Rosellini and Marilyn Monroe began as models, she reminds me.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I cannot feel too bitter about an occasion that reminds me that my birthday is the next day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was able to remind myself of these cases by reading the notes on the previous evening.’
    • ‘Healthcare professionals can address the psychological needs by having patients remind themselves daily why they are quitting smoking.’
    • ‘I pushed through by reminding myself that when this project was finished, it would all be worth it.’
    • ‘The Judge properly reminded the jury of the suggested motive for lying.’
    • ‘And remind me sometime to write about accessibility of information online.’
    • ‘She left a quick note reminding her father not to forget his meeting in the morning and went on her way.’
    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 series reminds me a lot of Cardiac Arrest, this programme that used to be on BBC One in the mid-90s.’
      • ‘The way he would hold a note reminded me at the time of David Bowie, though that now seems wide of the mark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We gave them the album… actually they were one of the first to say it reminds them of '80s new wave.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
    • ‘Encourage courtesy by reminding children to say please and thank you to those who serve or help them.’
    • ‘He will need to be reminded that his duty is to assist the court rather than Sarah.’
    • ‘Members are reminded to bring their competition entries with them for the meeting.’
    • ‘These poles and trees are to remind the heir that it is his obligation to care for the orphans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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