Definition of remember verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈmembə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmembər//
    (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they remember
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmembə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmembər//
    he / she / it remembers
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmembəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmembərz//
    past simple remembered
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmembəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmembərd//
    past participle remembered
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmembəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmembərd//
    -ing form remembering
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmembərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmembərɪŋ//
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    somebody/something from the past
  1. 1  [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 switching the lights off before we came out? I vaguely 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.
  2. fact/information
  3. 2  [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.
  4. 3  [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.
  5. something you have to do
  6. 4  [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 posting the letter means ‘I have an image in my memory of doing it’;I remembered to post the letter means ‘I didn’t forget to do it.’
  7. in prayers
  8. 5[transitive] remember somebody to think about somebody with respect, especially when saying a prayer synonym commemorate a church service to remember the war dead
  9. give present
  10. 6[transitive] remember somebody/something to give money, a present, etc. to somebody/something My aunt always remembers my birthday (= by sending a card or present). His grandfather remembered him (= left him money) in his will.
  11. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French remembrer, from late Latin rememorari ‘call to mind’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + Latin memor ‘mindful’.Extra examples I can’t remember exactly what happened. I can’t remember her name. I distinctly remember Jane saying that the show started at eight. I don’t exactly remember what she said. I mostly remember the art nouveau decor of her living room. I remember Miss Scott very well. I remembered back to the time I saw her last. I specifically remember her saying she would be visiting today. I’ll always remember this holiday. If I remember correctly, you were supposed to collect the keys on your way here. Julia belatedly remembered what else she was supposed to do. She finally remembered what she was going to say. She fondly remembered her early years in India. She is best remembered for her first book, ‘In the Ditch’. This is an experience that the kids will enjoy and remember forever. To this day, people can easily remember the show. As far as I can remember, this is the third time we’ve met. Did you remember your homework? He still remembered her as the lively teenager he’d known years before. I can’t remember his taking a single day off work. I don’t remember my first day at school. I remember posting the letter. I remembered to post the letter. I’m sorry—I can’t remember your name. It should be remembered that the majority of accidents happen in the home. Remember that we’re going out tonight.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 American Dictionary entry: remember