if (one's) memory serves one (right/correctly)

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Definition of if (one's) memory serves one (right/correctly)

used to make a statement of something one remembers less definite
  • If (my) memory serves me (right/correctly), she is from Los Angeles.
  • If memory serves, you're an artist.

Word by Word Definitions

memory play
  1. : the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms

  2. : 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

  3. : commemorative remembrance

serve play serves
  1. : to be a servant

  2. : to do military or naval service

  3. : to assist a celebrant as server at mass

  1. : the act or action of putting the ball or shuttlecock in play in various games (such as volleyball, badminton, or tennis)

right play
  1. : righteous, upright

  2. : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

  3. : conforming to facts or truth : correct

  1. : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

  2. : something to which one has a just claim: such as

  3. : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. : according to right

  2. : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely

  3. : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. : to do justice to : redress the injuries of

  2. : justify, vindicate

  3. : avenge

correct play correctly
  1. : to make or set right : amend

  2. : counteract, neutralize

  3. : to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition

  1. : conforming to an approved or conventional standard

  2. : conforming to or agreeing with fact, logic, or known truth

  3. : conforming to a set figure


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