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

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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

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The memo says the funds won’t cover salary that has already been missed during the shutdown. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "State Department Workers Called Back to Their Jobs," 17 Jan. 2019 The women's accusations were first detailed in an eight-page confidential memo obtained by IndyStar on Monday. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Defiant AG Curtis Hill refuses to resign; two women speak publicly about allegations," 6 July 2018 Damore slapped Google with the lawsuit after the company fired him last year for an internal memo arguing gender differences could explain the shortage of women in technical and leadership roles in the technology industry. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google toughens rules on internal harassment after James Damore firing roils staff," 27 June 2018 Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman alerted city commissioners to the proposal in an internal memo dated April 3. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale: We don't want New River bridge," 21 June 2018 An internal Pentagon memo at the time said that over the previous three years only four positive specimens had been identified in 2.1 million specimens screened for LSD. CBS News, "U.S. troops guarding nuclear missiles took LSD, Air Force records show," 24 May 2018 Husband Harry got the style memo and color-coordinated in a navy suit with a clean white shirt, brogue shoes, and slate tie. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared an Adorable PDA Moment for Date Night," 17 Jan. 2019 That same memo claimed that Trump was providing information to the Kremlin, mostly on Russian oligarchs and their families. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 But your body doesn’t immediately get the thin-lining memo and spring into action. Korin Miller, SELF, "Spotting on Birth Control? Here’s Why (and When to See a Doctor)," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of memo

1705, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of memo

: a usually brief written message from one person or department in an organization, company, etc., to another

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