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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To recall to the mind with effort; think of again: I finally remembered the address.
  • transitive v. To recall or become aware of suddenly or spontaneously: Then I remembered that today is your birthday.
  • transitive v. To retain in the memory: Remember your appointment.
  • transitive v. To keep (someone) in mind as worthy of consideration or recognition.
  • transitive v. To reward with a gift or tip.
  • transitive v. To give greetings from: Remember me to your family.
  • transitive v. Engineering To return to (an original shape or form) after being deformed or altered.
  • transitive v. Electronics To carry out (a programmed or preset activity).
  • transitive v. Archaic To remind.
  • intransitive v. To have or use the power of memory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To recall from one's memory; to have an image in one's memory.
  • v. To memorize; to put something into memory.
  • v. To not forget (to do something required)
  • v. To convey greetings.
  • v. To put in mind; to remind (also used reflexively)
  • v. To engage in the process of recalling memories.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To execise or have the power of memory.
  • transitive v. 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
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To put in mind; to remind; -- also used reflexively and impersonally.
  • transitive v. To mention.
  • transitive v. To recall to the mind of another, as in the friendly messages, remember me to him, he wishes to be remembered to you, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring again to the memory; recall to mind; recollect.
  • To hear or keep in mind; have in memory; be capable of recalling when required; preserve unforgotten: as, to remember one's lessons; to remember all the circumstances.
  • To be continually thoughtful of; have present to the attention; attend to; bear in mind: opposed to forget.
  • To mention.
  • To put in mind; remind; reflexively, to remind one's self (to be reminded).
  • To keep in mind with gratitude, favor, confidence, affection, respect, or any other feeling or emotion.
  • To take notice of and give money or other present to: said of one who has done some actual or nominal service and expects a fee for it.
  • Synonyms Remember, Recollect. Remember implies that a thing exists in the memory, not that it is actually present in the thoughts at the moment, but that it recurs without effort. Recollect means that a fact, forgotten or partially lost to memory, is after some effort recalled and present to the mind. Remembrance is the store-house, recollection the act of culling out this article and that from the repository. He remembers everything he hears, and can recollect any statement when called on. The words, however, are often confounded, and we say we cannot remember a thing when we mean we cannot recollect it. See memory.
  • To hold something in remembrance; exercise the faculty of memory.
  • To return to the memory; come to mind: used impersonally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony
  • v. recapture the past; indulge in memories
  • v. mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
  • v. keep in mind for attention or consideration
  • v. show appreciation to
  • v. mention favorably, as in prayer
  • v. exercise, or have the power of, memory
  • v. recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

Etymologies

Middle English remembren, from Old French remembrer, from Latin rememorārī, to remember again : re-, re- + memor, mindful.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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-, *smer- (“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. (Wiktionary)

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  • "The present moment is unlike the memory of it. Remembering is not the negative of forgetting. remembering is a form of forgetting." - Milan Kundera

    June 5, 2008