To remind is to cause someone to remember, as when George Orwell writes, "The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded."

In remind, which appears in the early 17th century, the re-, of course, means "again," so the word can be thought of as "to mind again," or "think again," meaning to put something in someone's mind, to make them remember.

Definitions of remind
  1. verb
    put in the mind of someone
    Remind me to call Mother”
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    take back
    cause someone to remember the past
    remind or urge constantly
    commemorate, immortalise, immortalize, memorialise, memorialize, record
    be or provide a memorial to a person or an event
    monumentalise, monumentalize
    record or memorialize lastingly with a monument
  2. verb
    assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
    synonyms: cue, prompt
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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