Simple Definition of memory
: the power or process of remembering what has been learned
: something that is remembered
: the things learned and kept in the mind
Full Definition of memory
1 a : the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms b : the store of things learned and retained from an organism's activity or experience as evidenced by modification of structure or behavior or by recall and recognition
2 a : commemorative remembrance <erected a statue in memory of the hero> b : the fact or condition of being remembered <days of recent memory>
3 a : a particular act of recall or recollection b : an image or impression of one that is remembered <fond memories of her youth> c : the time within which past events can be or are remembered
4 a : a device (as a chip) or a component of a device in which information especially for a computer can be inserted and stored and from which it may be extracted when wanted; especially : ram b : capacity for storing information <512 megabytes of memory>
5 : a capacity for showing effects as the result of past treatment or for returning to a former condition —used especially of a material (as metal or plastic)
Examples of memory
He began to lose his memory as he grew older.
Dad has a selective memory: he remembers the times he was right and forgets the times he was wrong.
We have pleasant memories of the trip.
trying to repress bitter memories
His name evokes memories of a happier time.
That time is just a dim memory to me now.
The happiness of those times is still vivid in my memory.
Her name has faded from memory.
I seem to have very little memory of that time in my life.
The sudden shock jogged his memory and everything came flooding back into his mind.
Origin of memory
Middle English memorie, from Anglo-French memoire, memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor mindful; akin to Old English gemimor well-known, Greek mermēra care, Sanskrit smarati he remembers
First Known Use: 14th century
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Medical Definition of memory
1a: the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanismsb: the store of things learned and retained from an organism's activity or experience as indicated by modification of structure or behavior or by recall and recognition
2: a capacity for showing effects as the result of past treatment or for returning to a former condition—used especially of a material (as metal or plastic)
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