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Etymology 1[edit]

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-, *(s)mer- (to think about, be mindful, remember). Cognate with Old English mimorian, mymerian (to remember, commemorate), Old English māmorian (to deliberate, plan out, design). More at mammer.



remember (third-person singular simple present remembers, present participle remembering, simple past and past participle remembered)

  1. To recall from one's memory; to have an image in one's memory.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[1], page 266:
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 6, in The China Governess[2]:
      [] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Remember me? I live in your building.
  2. To memorize; to put something into memory.
    Please remember this formula!
  3. To keep in mind, be mindful of
    Remember what I've said.
  4. To not forget (to do something required)
    Remember to lock the door when you go out.
  5. To convey greetings from.
    Please remember me to your brother.
    She asks to be remembered to you all.
  6. (obsolete) To put in mind; to remind (also used reflexively)
    • 1610, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 2
      Since thou dost give me pains, / Let me remember thee what thou hast promis'd, / Which is not yet perform'd me.
    • 1616, George Chapman, Odyssey
      My friends remember'd me of home.
    • 1870, 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
  7. (intransitive) To engage in the process of recalling memories.
    You don't have to remind him; he remembers very well.
  8. (transitive) To give (a person) money as a token of appreciation of past service or friendship.
    My aunt remembered me in her will, leaving me several thousand pounds.
    • 2003, Little Visits 365 Family Devotions: Building Faith for a Lifetime (Concordia Publishing House)
      Waitresses, mail carriers, and teachers were often remembered on Boxing Day.
  9. (transitive) to commemorate, to have a remembrance ceremony
    Today we remember and honour those who have served.
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  • Sranan Tongo: memre
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Etymology 2[edit]

re- +‎ member


remember (third-person singular simple present remembers, present participle remembering, simple past and past participle remembered)

  1. (rare) Alternative form of re-member
    • 1982, Book Review Digest, volume 78, page 824:
      knit 'this scattered corn into one mutual sheaf, / these broken limbs again into one body ' - in other words, how to resurrect the dismembered god, to remember Osiris. Yet the only body made whole in these expert, lowering poems is the body of this death.
    • 2008, Jan Assmann, Of God and Gods: Egypt, Israel, and the Rise of Monotheism, page 42:
      According to these mysteries, the rites of fashioning or remembering Osiris came to be interpreted as remembering Egypt. Egypt was the body of Osiris, dismembered and scattered across the land.
    • 2010, Sandra Ingerman, Medicine for the Earth, page 100:
      She remembered Osiris by putting his pieces back together and mating with him one last time, conceiving Horus, who eventually avenged his father's death.
    • 2012, Roy Melvyn, The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin: Pointers to Non Duality in Five Volumes, Lulu Press, Inc (→ISBN)
      To dismember is to tear apart; / To re-member is to put back together. / The old must be dismembered / So that which was prior to it / May be remembered. / Therefore, to re-mind is / To dismember and then re-member.
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