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verb remember pronunciation in American English /rɪˈmembər/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleremembering
past tenseremembered
past participleremembered
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to have an image in your mind of a person, a place, or something that happened or was said in the past

    I can still remember every word of our conversation.

    That was a beautiful summer, as I remember.

    remember doing something:

    She remembers seeing him leave an hour ago.

    remember (that):

    I remember that I was really nervous on my first day at school.

    clearly/vividly/distinctly remember:

    I vividly remember the day we first met.

    vaguely/dimly remember (=not very clearly):

    He can only dimly remember his grandparents.

    remember rightly/correctly:

    We last saw them in November, if I remember rightly.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to bring a fact back into your mind that you knew before

    You took a cab home, remember?

    I can’t remember her name at the moment.

    remember (that):

    She suddenly remembered that she was supposed to meet him after work.

    remember when/where/how etc.:

    Try to remember where you put the keys.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to keep a particular fact in your mind because it is relevant to what is being discussed
      remember (that):

      The transportation system is in very bad shape, but you have to remember that it has been underfunded for over 20 years.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to do something that you promised to do or that you have to do, and not forget about it

    I hope she remembers my book when she comes (=remembers to bring it).

    remember to do something:

    He never remembered to lock the door when he went out.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to give someone money or a present

    She was pleased they had remembered her birthday.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to think about someone with respect, honor, or positive feelings

    Please remember him as he recovers from his recent operation.

    She will be remembered with affection by many people in the town.


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