To remember is to recollect, or to call upon your memory. Remember that time you fell out of your tree house and bonked your head? No? Go figure.

There are many shades of meaning of remember, but at its core it refers to the act of recalling or thinking back. You can remember something fondly, like your first kiss, or you might remember something suddenly, like when the smell of tar brings back the time your bicycle wheel got caught in a pot hole and you fell off. To remember someone means you show appreciation, like when the Oscar winners try to remember all those names.

Primary Meanings of remember

recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
show appreciation to
Full Definitions of remember

v recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

“I can't remember saying any such thing”
“can you remember her phone number?”
“Do you remember that he once loved you?”
call back, call up, recall, recollect, retrieve, think
blank out, block, draw a blank, forget
be unable to remember
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perceive as familiar
recognise, recognize
perceive to be the same
brush up, refresh, review
refresh one's memory
consider to be equal or the same

v recapture the past; indulge in memories

“he remembered how he used to pick flowers”
think back
recall the past
look back, retrospect, review
look back upon (a period of time, sequence of events); remember

v keep in mind for attention or consideration

Remember the Alamo”
Remember to call your mother every day!”
think of
bury, forget
dismiss from the mind; stop remembering
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bear in mind, mind
keep in mind
keep in one's mind
keep note
maintain in the forefront of one's awareness
characterise, characterize, qualify
describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
attend to, take to heart
get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
differentiate, distinguish, mark
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
reveal clearly as having a certain character

v exercise, or have the power of, memory

“After the shelling, many people lost the ability to remember
“some remember better than others”
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associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, relate, tie in
make a logical or causal connection

v show appreciation to

“He remembered her in his will”
Type of:
bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death

v mention favorably, as in prayer

remember me in your prayers”
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advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to

v call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony

“We remembered the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz”
Remember the dead of the First World War”

v mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship

Remember me to your wife”
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advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to

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