\ ˈme-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce memo (audio) \
plural memos

Definition of memo

: a usually brief written message or report : memorandum Use headlines, bullets, and lists to organize the memo and the proposal.Inc. Magazine When your boss asks you to find a memo you wrote a year ago, it's hard to remember what you named it.— Susan Kelley
get the memo
informal + often humorous
: to hear about or become aware of something generally known typically used in negative constructions to point to someone's surprising lack of awareness, to say that something did not happen as expected, etc. Officials often warn tourists not to enter the water, but several tourists searching for that perfect Instagram photo apparently did not get the memo.The San Francisco ChronicleThe calendar may say only five more days until fall, but mother nature did not get the memo. It is going to be hot and feel even hotter over the next couple of days.— Carrie DuncanYou're not still wearing those acid-washed jeans, are you? Tube socks and shorts? … OK, so no one told you. You didn't get the memo. Those things went out with neckties the size of small landing strips.— Christine KeatingIt was expected to be a five-set test of endurance … But, Edberg apparently did not get the memo because he just dominated Courier and captured his first- ever U.S. Open title with a straight set triumph at the National Tennis Center in New York.— Van Earl Wright

Examples of memo in a Sentence

He sent a memo to the staff. a long series of memos between the two authors collaborating on the book
Recent Examples on the Web First Read is NBC News' premier newsletter and memo on politics, with analysis and fresh reporting on the top political stories of the day. Mark Murray, NBC News, 10 May 2022 The Trump administration rescinded the memo, but federal marijuana prosecutions in California remained rare. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 But in this May 4th memo to the other members of the core Republican justices, Sharon Kennedy, who’s running for Ohio, chief justice and pad the wine and Patrick Fisher who are seeking reelection. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 10 May 2022 Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte declined to comment on the NCAA’s memo. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Jarmon made the same request for the board's removal in her June 2021 complaint, a 161-page memo to Scott's office and the federal housing department's Little Rock field office. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 7 May 2022 In June 2021, JPMorgan issued a companywide hybrid return-to-office memo. Jane Thier, Fortune, 7 May 2022 That could mean as many as 350 new hires for the office, the memo says. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 The Justice also moved in the same social circles as the Post’s editor, Ben Bradlee, and its owner, Katharine Graham, although Bradlee’s widow, Sally Quinn, is dubious that Douglas was close enough to Bradlee to leak the memo to him. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of memo

1705, in the meaning defined above

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“Memo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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