American English

Definition of remember verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they remember
    he / she / it remembers
    past simple remembered
    -ing form remembering
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  1. 1(not usually used in the progressive tenses)
  2. someone or something from the past
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] to have or keep an image in your memory of an event, a person, a place, etc. from the past remember (somebody/something) This is Carla. Do you remember her? I don't remember my first day at school. He still remembered her as the lively teenager he'd known years before. As far as I can remember, this is the third time we've met. remember doing something Do you remember turning the lights off before we came out? Ivaguely remember hearing him come in. remember somebody/something doing something I can still vividly remember my grandfather teaching me to play cards. (formal) I can't remember his taking a single day off work. remember (that)… I remember (that) we used to go and see them most weekends.
  4. fact/information
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] to bring back to your mind a fact, piece of information, etc. that you knew remember (something) I'm sorry—I can't remember your name. You were going to help me with this. Remember? remember how, what, etc… Can you remember how much money we spent? remember (that)… Remember that we're going out tonight.
  6. 4[transitive] to keep an important fact in your mind remember (that)… Remember (that) you may feel sleepy after taking the pills. it is remembered that… It should be remembered that the majority of accidents happen in the home.
  7. something you have to do
  8. 5[transitive] to not forget to do something; to actually do what you have to do remember to do something Remember to call me when you arrive! remember something Did you remember your homework (= to bring it)? Notice the difference between remember doing something and remember to do something:I remember mailing the lettermeans “I have an image in my memory of doing it”;I remembered to mail the lettermeans “I didn't forget to do it.”
  9. in prayers
  10. 6[transitive] remember somebody to think about someone with respect, especially when saying a prayer synonym commemorate a church service to remember the war dead
  11. give present
  12. 7[transitive] remember somebody/something to give money, a present, etc. to someone or something My aunt always remembers my birthday (= by sending a card or present). His grandfather remembered him (= left him money) in his will.
  13. Idioms
    be remembered for something, be remembered as something
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    to be famous or known for a particular thing that you have done in the past He is best remembered as the man who brought jazz to England.
    Phrasal Verbsremember me to somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: remember