Definition of reminder in English:



  • 1A thing that causes someone to remember something.

    ‘the watchtower is a reminder of the days when an enemy might appear at any moment’
    • ‘She's trying to move on with her life, and he's a constant reminder of the past.’
    • ‘So the disease remains a reminder that human beings remain vulnerable.’
    • ‘His faced loomed before her, a bittersweet reminder of her past.’
    • ‘Recent stock market falls offered a sobering reminder of how mere economic concerns can quickly look like crises.’
    • ‘The sound of nearby gunfire interrupts the inspection, a stark reminder of the dangers never far away.’
    • ‘The walls remain, a purposeful reminder of the waste of war, and the roofless interior become a sort of peace park for contemplation.’
    • ‘The film is a poignant reminder of the reasons to live - love, laughter, vibrancy.’
    • ‘Matt had gone, leaving me with Celeste, a beautiful bittersweet reminder of the love we'd had.’
    • ‘They probably served as visual reminders of wartime experiences - either as private memories or collective talking points for survivors.’
    • ‘Surely the reminder of a danger doesn't favor any one candidate, does it?’
    • ‘Such repetition is compounded with frequent reminders to readers of where they have been and where they are going.’
    • ‘We witnessed a reminder of the importance of what we do and why we do it.’
    • ‘Some churches impose ashes on the foreheads of worshipers as a reminder of their mortality.’
    • ‘But those who had fought in it needed no reminders to remember.’
    • ‘I knew tourists had chipped away souvenirs but I was sure a large chunk of it had to remain as a reminder to the Berliners of their divided past.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, budgets provide a timely reminder that financial spring cleaning should be done on a regular basis.’
    • ‘My bike is a constant reminder of my own mortality.’
    • ‘As the room emptied out at the end of the hearing, they remained the only physical reminders of the traumatic testimony that had expired.’
    • ‘They act as a poignant reminder of the tragic incident seven days ago.’
    • ‘Every death has been a grim reminder that our roads are not safe for crossing.’
    prompt, prompting, cue, nudge
    aide-memoire, mnemonic
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    1. 1.1A message or communication designed to ensure that someone remembers something.
      • ‘After we received the initial survey responses, a reminder notice was sent to nonresponders.’
      • ‘I have emailed you a reminder, so you should know now.’
      • ‘I sent a reminder by registered post, and still received no reply.’
      • ‘All with email addresses (two candidates in BC did not have known email addresses) were invited to participate, and all were given plenty of time and three email reminders.’
      • ‘If patients did not respond to the first letter we sent a reminder letter.’
      • ‘Email reminders (automated, two way) can encourage adherence, remind, educate, and solicit responses about side effects and self reported adherence to medication.’
      • ‘We believe that text message or email reminders of this kind will help to reduce many of the problems associated with clinic attendance and chronic disease management.’
      • ‘The paper began calling new subscribers to check on service, offering incentives to get people to switch to credit card payments, and sending out billing reminders, to name a few examples.’
      • ‘We sent two reminders to centres that failed to reply.’
      • ‘Numerous attempts were made to contact all participants, including e-mail and phone reminders.’
      • ‘Ten days after the questionnaires were mailed, a reminder letter was sent to these same alumni.’
      • ‘Two weeks after sending the manager packets, a follow-up reminder postcard was sent to all managers.’
      • ‘If not, there is the risk of a reminder letter being sent from the Revenue.’
      • ‘The other three schools failed to respond both to postal reminders sent two months after the initial survey and to the mailings sent to the deans.’
      • ‘Then, the club could mail out invitations a month prior to the event followed by weekly e-mail reminders and signage at the club detailing time, date and place.’
      • ‘If there is no response to the first consent pack from a patient the team sends postal reminders via the general practitioner at three and six weeks after the initial approach.’
      • ‘Surveys were distributed with paychecks, and two weeks later a reminder notice was sent.’
      • ‘Encourage your doctor to have a computer activated postcard reminder system for the elderly who need vaccinations.’
      • ‘You can even do group scheduling and send reminders.’
    2. 1.2A letter sent to remind someone of an obligation, especially to pay a bill.