Basic+ Word of the Day: remind

remind (verb) LISTEN

If you remind someone about something, it means that you make them remember it.

  • The teacher reminded us about the test tomorrow.
  • I reminded him to take his passport.

If someone reminds you of someone else (or something reminds you of something else), it means that they make you think of someone who is similar in some way.

  • She reminds me of a famous singer.

Don't confuse it with

We use remember when we think of something, but remind when someone else makes us think of it. For example, we can say, “I remembered her birthday” or “Someone reminded me about her birthday,” but “Someone remembered me her birthday” is not correct.

In pop culture

Do you know the song “Remind Me” by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley? They talk about a relationship that was good in the past. They want to remember it, so they say, “Remind me.” They also use other words related to memory, like “Do you remember?” and “You’d forget.”

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