An example of to remember is seeing a familiar face in a crowd and suddenly knowing the person's name.
- to have (an event, thing, person, etc.) come to mind again; think of again: suddenly remembering an appointment
- to bring back to mind by an effort; recollect; recall: to try to remember a name
- to bear in mind; keep in the memory; be careful not to forget
- to keep (a person) in mind with some feeling, as of pleasure, gratitude, etc.
- to keep (a person) in mind for a present, legacy, etc.
- to give a present or tip to
- to mention (a person) to another as sending regards or greetings: remember me to your mother
- Archaic to remind
Origin of rememberMiddle English remembren from Old French remembrer from Late Latin rememorare from Classical Latin re-, back, again + memorare, to bring to remembrance from memor, mindful: see memory
- to bear something in mind or call something back to mind
- to have memory or the use of one's memory
verbre·mem·bered, re·mem·ber·ing, re·mem·bers
- a. To recall to the mind with effort; think of again: I finally remembered the address.b. To have (something) arise in one's memory; become aware of (something) suddenly or spontaneously: Then I remembered that today is your birthday.
- To retain in the memory: Remember your appointment.
- To keep (someone) in mind as worthy of consideration or recognition.
- To reward with a gift or tip: remembered his niece in his will.
- To give greetings from: Remember me to your family.
- Engineering To return to (an original shape or form) after being deformed or altered. Used especially of certain materials.
- Archaic To remind.
- To have or use the power of memory.
- To recall something; have a recollection.
Origin of rememberMiddle English remembren from Old French remembrer from Latin rememorārī to remember again re- re- memor mindful ; see (s)mer-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present remembers, present participle remembering, simple past and past participle remembered)
- To recall from one's memory; to have an image in one's memory.
- To memorize; to put something into memory.
- Please remember this formula!
- To not forget (to do something required)
- Remember to lock the door when you go out.
- To convey greetings from.
- Please remember me to your brother.
- My friends remembered me of home.
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Secret Parting, lines 5-7
- But soon, remembering her how brief the whole
- Of joy, which its own hours annihilate,
- Her set gaze gathered
- (intransitive) To engage in the process of recalling memories.
- You don't have to remind him; he remembers very well.
From Middle English remembren, from Old French remembrer (“to remember"), from Late Latin rememorari (“to remember again"), from re- + memor (“mindful"), from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *smer- (“to think about, be mindful, remember"). Cognate with Old English mimorian, mymerian (“to remember, commemorate"), Old English mÄmorian (“to deliberate, plan out, design"). More at mammer.
The success of the Old French word was aided by its proximity in sound and meaning to an existing Germanic word: Old English mimorian, mymerian "to remember, commemorate" from Proto-Germanic *mimrÅnÄ…, *mÄ«mrÅnÄ… (“to remember, be mindful"), from the same Proto-Indo-European source, and is akin to Eastern Frisian mÄ«merje "to ponder, reflect", Middle Low German mÄ«meren, mÄ«mern "to ponder, meditate", Middle Dutch mÄ«meren "to reflect, think to oneself" (Dutch mijmeren "to muse, reflect deeply"), Old English mimor (“mindful"), Old Norse MÃmir, Mim, Norse god of Memory, Old English mÄmrian "to think out, design". Related to mourn.
Displaced native Middle English ÈemuneÈen (“to remember"), from Old English Ä¡emynegian (“to remember, remind"); Middle English minnen (“to remember, have in mind"), from Old Norse minna (“to remind"); Middle English munden, Èemunden (“to bear in mind, remember"), from Old English Ä¡emynd (“memory, remembrance"); Middle English ithenchen, Èethenchen (“to think on, remember"), from Old English Ä¡eÃ¾encan; Middle English manien (“to remind, mention, remember"), from Old English manian (“to admonish, remind, mention").