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

v 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

v assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

cue, prompt
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impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

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