Meaning of “remember” in the English Dictionary

"remember" in British English

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rememberverb

uk /rɪˈmem.bər/ us /rɪˈmem.bɚ/

A1 [ I or T ] to be able to bring back a piece of information into your mind, or to keep a piece of information in your memory:

"Where did you park the car?" "I can't remember."
I can remember people's faces, but not their names.
[ + (that) ] She suddenly remembered (that) her keys were in her other bag.
[ + -ing verb ] I don't remember signing a contract.
[ + question word ] Can you remember what her phone number is?
I remember him as (= I thought he was) a rather annoying man.
remember to do sth

A2 to not forget to do something:

Did you remember to do the shopping?
be remembered for sth

to be kept in people's memories because of a particular action or quality:

She will be remembered for her courage.
you remember informal

said when you are talking to someone about something that they used to know but might have forgotten:

We went and had tea in that little café - you remember, the one next to the bookshop.

[ T ] to hold a special ceremony to honour a past event or someone who has died:

On 11 November, the British remember those who died in the two World Wars.

[ T ] to give a present or money to someone you love or who has provided good service to you:

My Granny always remembers me (= sends me a present) on my birthday.
My cousin remembered me in her will.

More examples

  • I've met him so many times and I still can't remember his name!
  • When you take the scissors, remember to put them back.
  • He never usually remembers my birthday, so it's a safe bet he'll forget again this time!
  • I vaguely remembered having met her before.
  • It's worth remembering that prices go up on 1 February.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “remember” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"remember" in American English

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rememberverb [ I/T ]

us /rɪˈmem·bər/

to be able to bring a piece of information back into your mind, or to keep a piece of information in your memory:

[ T ] Naomi vividly remembers the day her daughter was born.
[ I ] I’ve been a Tiger fan as long as I can remember.
[ T ] Williams will be remembered for his generosity.
[ + question word ] Can you remember where we parked the car?
[ + that clause ] You have to remember that these things take time.
[ + to infinitive ] Remember to buy some stamps.
remembrance
noun [ C/U ] us /rɪˈmem·brəns/

[ C ] The video makes a nice remembrance of the party.

(Definition of “remember” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)