Definition of memory in English:


Syllabification: mem·o·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈmem(ə)rē

noun (plural memories)

1The faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information: I’ve a great memory for faces my grandmother is losing her memory the brain regions responsible for memory
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  • No problem there, I have a terrible memory for names so didn't even remember them five seconds after leaving the room.
  • She still has a great memory for all the old Irish songs and poems.
  • All creatures do need a memory for basic functioning and survival.
1.1The mind regarded as a store of things remembered: he searched his memory frantically for an answer
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  • Whenever anyone glanced at him he searched his memory frantically to see if he recognised them.
  • He searched his memory and suddenly remembered a Sunday evening when he and Cam were seniors at Sacred Heart High School.
  • Williams searched his memory, trying to remember what he did in this situation eleven years ago.
ability to remember, powers of recall
2Something remembered from the past; a recollection: one of my earliest memories is of sitting on his knee the mind can bury all memory of traumatic abuse
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  • I have no recollection of my past memories, except periodic flashbacks of my previous life.
  • What happened during that week was just a bad memory in the past.
  • Imagine groggily waking up in a strange house, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, with not a single memory of the past ten hours.
2.1The remembering or recollection of a dead person, especially one who was popular or respected: clubs devoted to the memory of Sherlock Holmes
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  • A candlelit vigil took place in Huyton last night, one week after the alleged assault, to honour the dead teenager's memory.
  • The memory of the dead is respected, by visitor and host alike.
  • I've instructed all agencies to honor their memory by treating the dead with the dignity and respect they deserve.
commemoration, remembrance; honor, tribute, recognition, respect
2.2The length of time over which people continue to remember a person or event: the worst slump in recent memory
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  • After one of the most hectic holiday seasons in recent memory, many of us have settled in for equally hectic work schedules.
  • So here it is: the opening salvo in what looks to be the worst summer-movie season in recent memory.
  • But, even in adults, memory for recent events is transient unless it is refreshed by rehearsal.
3The part of a computer in which data or program instructions can be stored for retrieval.
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  • During an initialization phase, an access code is stored in a memory of a computer system.
  • When the light pulse stops, its information is suspended and stored, just as information is stored in the memory of a computer.
  • A reconnaissance satellite, placed into orbit years ago, captures the entire scene in its computer memory.
memory bank, store, cache, disk, RAM, ROM, hard drive
3.1Capacity for storing information on a computer: the module provides 16Mb of memory
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  • There is a virtual hard drive available in the Internet with plenty of memory to store personal information.
  • The latest MP3 technology compresses all superfluous parts of a sound signal to reduce the amount of memory needed to store digital information.
  • Depending on the level, you will have different amounts of system memory in which to store your subroutines.


Middle English: from Old French memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor 'mindful, remembering'.


from memory

Without reading or referring to notes: each child was required to recite a verse from memory
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  • Whether she was quoting from memory or reading from the open book beside the phone, I was impressed by the trouble she had taken.
  • Instead, he went to sit next to her at the table, watched her copying down her notes from memory.
  • As the verses flowed from memory, he closed his eyes, concentrating on the words and melody.

in memory of

Intended to remind people of, especially to honor a dead person.
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  • In the cool, marble-floored interior women in saris lit hundreds of small oil lamps in memory of the dead.
  • In Westhoughton, young children read out the roll of honour and lit candles in memory of those who died.
  • Ceremonies in memory of the dead are held on the seventh and hundredth days after death.

take a trip (or walk) down memory lane

Deliberately recall pleasant or sentimental memories.
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  • Mr. Karunakaran took a trip down memory lane, recalling his early days as an ordinary worker of the Indian National Congress, and then as a trade union leader before reaching the higher echelons of power, both in the State and at the Centre.
  • Reminiscing about long forgotten names, lost to many in Portlaoise, but not to the Marian Avenue residents, they took a trip down memory lane.
  • The old school bell rang once more as the Taugheen Young at Heart group took a trip down memory lane in a ‘Back to School’ special.

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