from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To recall to the mind with effort; think of again.
  • intransitive verb To have (something) arise in one's memory; become aware of (something) suddenly or spontaneously.
  • intransitive verb To retain in the memory.
  • intransitive verb To keep (someone) in mind as worthy of consideration or recognition.
  • intransitive verb To reward with a gift or tip.
  • intransitive verb To give greetings from.
  • intransitive verb Engineering To return to (an original shape or form) after being deformed or altered. Used especially of certain materials.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To remind.
  • intransitive verb To have or use the power of memory.
  • intransitive verb To recall something; have a recollection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To execise or have the power of memory.
  • transitive verb 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 verb 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 verb obsolete To put in mind; to remind; -- also used reflexively and impersonally.
  • transitive verb obsolete To mention.
  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English remembren, from Old French remembrer, from Latin rememorārī, to remember again : re-, re- + memor, mindful; see (s)mer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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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