plural memos
: 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 Chronicle
The 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 Duncan
You'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 Keating
It 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 The companies have started notifying workers at affected locations, Chief Executive Rodney McMullen wrote in a memo to employees Tuesday, Bloomberg reported. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2024 Ford was supposed to invest all of the money by June 30, 2024, and create the jobs by June 2025, according to the MEDC project memo created at the time. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2024 The move, which takes effect Oct. 1, was announced to the company’s staff in an internal memo from UMG U.K. chairman-CEO David Joseph obtained by Variety; the news was first reported by Music Business Worldwide. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 July 2024 Election 2024 More Biden's doctor releases memo after questions on Parkinson's specialist visits What is Project 2025? Ed O'Keefe, CBS News, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for memo 

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First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of memo was in 1705

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