\ˈme-(ˌ)mō \
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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Actress Emma Watson certainly got the style memo, arriving to the game in an all-white outfit that was perfect for the summery event. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emma Watson Might Be the Best-Dressed Celebrity at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 What's contained in the memo, Candelaria Reardon said, must have been a misunderstanding. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "'I stand before you a condemned man,': AG Curtis Hill says he's been unfairly judged," 9 July 2018 The memo, which was obtained by The Times, did not name the administrators. Rosanna Xia,, "L.A. Trade-Tech administrators received $157,000 for work they failed to justify, investigation finds," 8 July 2018 The memo, first reported on by The Washington Post, was sent to lawmakers Wednesday after President Trump reversed his administration's unpopular policy to separate children from their parents as the migrants arrived at the southern U.S. border. Anchorage Daily News, "Pentagon will make room for up to 20,000 migrant children on military bases," 21 June 2018 The memo named several other possible participants from Italy, Belgium, Germany, Spain and France, but said Manafort's team had not secured their participation. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Court documents inadvertently reveal witnesses in Paul Manafort case," 13 June 2018 Musk’s memo, which was sent to all employees, also announced that the company was cutting 9% of its total workforce as part of a reorganization designed to reduce costs and help the electric automaker become profitable. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Tesla Ends Partnership With Home Depot," 12 June 2018 Despite Moulton openly proclaiming the fictional nature of the exhibition, there will be many who simply won’t get the memo, seeing only a glossy layer of ’80s black lacquer masking what’s underneath. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 For months, his attorneys pledged full cooperation with Mueller; according to the January memo, the team has turned over tens of thousands of documents related to the case. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy," 7 June 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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