What does remember mean?

Definitions for remember
rɪˈmɛm bərre·mem·ber

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word remember.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, thinkverb

    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

    "I can't remember saying any such thing"; "I can't think what her last name was"; "can you remember her phone number?"; "Do you remember that he once loved you?"; "call up memories"

  2. remember, think ofverb

    keep in mind for attention or consideration

    "Remember the Alamo"; "Remember to call your mother every day!"; "Think of the starving children in India!"

  3. remember, think backverb

    recapture the past; indulge in memories

    "he remembered how he used to pick flowers"

  4. rememberverb

    show appreciation to

    "He remembered her in his will"

  5. rememberverb

    mention favorably, as in prayer

    "remember me in your prayers"

  6. commend, rememberverb

    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship

    "Remember me to your wife"

  7. rememberverb

    exercise, or have the power of, memory

    "After the shelling, many people lost the ability to remember"; "some remember better than others"

  8. commemorate, rememberverb

    call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony

    "We remembered the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz"; "Remember the dead of the First World War"


  1. rememberverb

    To recall from one's memory; to have an image in one's memory.

  2. rememberverb

    To memorize; to put something into memory.

    Please remember this formula!

  3. rememberverb

    To not forget (to do something required)

    Remember to lock the door when you go out.

  4. rememberverb

    To convey greetings.

    Please remember me to your brother.

  5. rememberverb

    To put in mind; to remind (also used reflexively)

  6. rememberverb

    To engage in the process of recalling memories.

    You don't have to remind him, he remembers very well.

  7. Etymology: From remembren, from remembrer, from rememorari, from re- + memor, from mer-. Cognate with mimorian, mymerian, mamorian. More at mammer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To REMEMBERverb

    Etymology: remembrer, old Fr. remembrare, Ital.

    Remember not against us former iniquities. Ps. lxxix. 8.

    He having once seen and remembered me, even from the beginning began to be in the rierward. Philip Sidney.

    We are said to remember any thing, when the idea of it arises in the mind with a consciousness that we have had this idea before. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Remember what I warn thee, shun to taste;
    And shun the bitter consequence. John Milton.

    This is to be remembered, that it is not possible now to keep a young gentleman from vice by a total ignorance of it; unless you will all his life mew him up. John Locke.

    Cry unto God; for you shall be remembered of him. Bar.

    He brings them back,
    Rememb’ring mercy and his covenant sworn. John Milton.

    A citation ought to be certain, in respect of the person cited; for, if such certainty be therein omitted, such citation is invalid, as in many cases hereafter to be remembered. John Ayliffe.

    His hand and leg commanding without threatning, and rather remembering than chastising. Philip Sidney.

    Joy, being altogether wanting,
    It doth remember me the more of sorrow. William Shakespeare.

    These petitions, and the answer of the common council of London, were ample materials for a conference with the lords, who might be thereby remembered of their duty. Edward Hyde.


  1. Remember

    Remember Then is a pop song written by Tony Powers and Beverly Ross, and first recorded in 1962 by doo-wop vocal group The Earls. Original copies of The Earls version, on the Old Town label, show only Powers as the writer, while some later versions give a writing or co-writing credit to record producer Stan Vincent. BMI lists all three as co-writers. In late 1962 and early 1963, the song spent nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 24, while reaching No. 29 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart. The song has since become widely used by rock and roll revival acts and remains well known for its chorus of "Re-meh-meh, re-meh-meh-mem-ber (oop-shoop) / Re-meh-meh, re-meh-meh-mem-ber (oop-shoop)...." Tony Powers later remembered the song being written with Ross (who also co-wrote the song "Lollipop"): "Beverly and I made a plan to try and write something at her apartment between Broadway and 8th Avenue.... I remember sitting with her at the piano and just riffing on stuff... and somewhere in that process of tossing out ideas one of us must have hit on "Remember When" (its original title....). I'm sure the second we hit on the title we had the riff: "Re-meh-meh, Re-meh-meh-mem-ber, Re-meh-meh, Re-meh-meh-mem-ber, Re-meh-meh, Re-meh-meh-mem-ber, When, When, Remember when..." Either she started the music lick, or I started the lyric lick, or vice-versa...and off we went...once we had that the song just basically wrote itself. Beverly was doing business with Aaron Schroeder at his January Music, so we brought the song there, he loved it, got it to Hy Weiss, and that was that. What I do remember vividly though was walking in Central Park after it hit the charts and passing someone with a radio... and "Remember When" was playing...that was the very first time I ever heard a song of mine being played over the air...wow!"


  1. remember

    Remember typically refers to the act or process of recalling or retaining information, experiences, or events from the past. It involves the ability to bring to mind something that has been learned or experienced previously, and can encompass various cognitive processes such as storing, retrieving, and recognizing information in one's memory. Remembering can occur consciously or unconsciously and plays a crucial role in personal identity, learning, decision-making, and overall cognitive functioning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rememberverb

    to have ( a notion or idea) come into the mind again, as previously perceived, known, or felt; to have a renewed apprehension of; to bring to mind again; to think of again; to recollect; as, I remember the fact; he remembers the events of his childhood; I cannot remember dates

  2. Rememberverb

    to be capable of recalling when required; to keep in mind; to be continually aware or thoughtful of; to preserve fresh in the memory; to attend to; to think of with gratitude, affection, respect, or any other emotion

  3. Rememberverb

    to put in mind; to remind; -- also used reflexively and impersonally

  4. Rememberverb

    to mention

  5. Rememberverb

    to recall to the mind of another, as in the friendly messages, remember me to him, he wishes to be remembered to you, etc

  6. Rememberverb

    to execise or have the power of memory; as, some remember better than others

  7. Etymology: [OF. remebrer, L. rememorari; pref. re- re- + memorare to bring to remembrance, from memor mindful. See Memory, and cf. Rememorate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Remember

    rē-mem′bėr, v.t. to keep in mind: to recall to mind: to recollect: (B.) to meditate on: (Shak.) to mention: to bear in mind with gratitude and reverence: to attend to: to give money for service done.—adj. Remem′berable, that may be remembered.—adv. Remem′berably.—ns. Remem′berer; Remem′brance, memory: that which serves to bring to or keep in mind: a memorial: the power of remembering: the length of time a thing can be remembered; Remem′brancer, that which reminds: a recorder: an officer of exchequer.—Remember one to, to commend one to. [O. Fr. remembrer—L. rememorārere-, again, memorāre, to call to mind—memor, mindful.]

Editors Contribution

  1. remember

    The ability and act of feeling, knowing and seeing a picture, communication and detail that we require from a moment of time in our mind.

    They do remember their wedding date as they are creating the vision they choose together easily, effectively and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remember' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #660

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remember' in Written Corpus Frequency: #225

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'remember' in Verbs Frequency: #82

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of remember in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of remember in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of remember in a Sentence

  1. Sanita Belgrave:

    I remember when I believed I could not; I remember when I decided to try; I remember the long nights towards perfecting my craft; and soon, I will be remembered as the gold standard.

  2. William Ewart Gladstone:

    Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.

  3. Dale Carnegie:

    If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.

  4. Mick Jagger:

    And I remember working on this one, oh yeah I remember where I was. I remember the artist and how we worked with him, and I remember ‘oh he was great’ or ‘that guy was so difficult.’.

  5. Dale Carnegie:

    If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.

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    the act of carrying something
    • A. carry
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