verb (used with object)
- to recall to the mind by an act or effort of memory; think of again: I’ll try to remember the exact date.
- to retain in the memory; keep in mind; remain aware of: Remember your appointment with the dentist.
- to have (something) come into the mind again: I just remembered that it’s your birthday today.
- to bear (a person) in mind as deserving a gift, reward, or fee: The company always remembers us at Christmas.
- to give a tip, donation, or gift to: to remember the needy.
- to mention (a person) to another as sending kindly greetings: Remember me to your family.
- (of an appliance, computer, etc.) to perform (a programmed activity) at a later time or according to a preset schedule: The coffeepot remembers to start the coffee at 7 a.m. every day.
- Archaic. to remind.
verb (used without object)
- to possess or exercise the faculty of memory.
- to have recollection (sometimes followed by of): The old man remembers of his youth.
- to become aware of (something forgotten) again; bring back to one’s consciousness; recall
- to retain (an idea, intention, etc) in one’s conscious mindto remember Pythagoras’ theorem; remember to do one’s shopping
- (tr) to give money, etc, to (someone), as in a will or in tipping
- (tr foll by to) to mention (a person’s name) to another person, as by way of greeting or friendshipremember me to your mother
- (tr) to mention (a person) favourably, as in prayer
- (tr) to commemorate (a person, event, etc)to remember the dead of the wars
- remember oneself to recover one’s good manners after a lapse; stop behaving badly
early 14c., “keep in mind, retain in the memory,” from Old French remembrer “remember, recall, bring to mind” (11c.), from Latin rememorari “recall to mind, remember,” from re- “again” (see re-) + memorari “be mindful of,” from memor “mindful” (see memory). Meaning “recall to mind” is late 14c.; sense of “to mention” is from 1550s. Also in Middle English “to remind” (someone). An Anglo-Saxon verb for it was gemunan.
- To recall to the mind; think of again.
- To retain in the memory.
- To return to an original shape or form after being deformed or altered.