\ 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 directs the Treasury to produce a government housing-finance system that roughly replicates what existed before 2008: government backing for the... Peter J. Wallison And Edward J. Pinto, WSJ, "The Coming Trump Housing Crisis," 4 Apr. 2019 The memo lists certain practical specifications, like square foot requirements, proximity to mass transit, and more. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Amazon's "HQ2," From the First Announcement to a Failed Campus in New York City," 14 Feb. 2019 McCain did not present then-FBI Director James Comey with a copy of the memos compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele until December 2016, after the election, according to a deposition from a McCain associate, David Kramer. Calvin Woodward, The Seattle Times, "AP fact check: Trump hails an exoneration not offered," 25 Mar. 2019 The vulnerability was fixed in March, but Google didn’t come clean until seven months later when The Wall Street Journal got hold of some of the memos discussing the bug. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "The breach that killed Google+ wasn’t a breach at all," 9 Oct. 2018 One of [the] memos also says the purpose of the meeting was for the FBI to ‘obtain documents from the AP reporters,’ although it’s unclear any documents were shown or changed hands. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 And yet his lawyers turned the demands Trump has been making in public and private into a full-on doctrine in the form of memos submitted to Mueller over the past 12 months. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rule of Law Is Crumbling Further Each Day Under Trump," 10 June 2018 The vice president's doctor, assigned by the U.S. military to the vice president, wrote the series of memos documenting concerns about Jackson's behavior. CBS News, "Vice president Mike Pence's doctor resigning," 4 May 2018 Under the threat of a subpoena from Goodlatte, the Justice Department provided Congress with unclassified and classified versions of the memos. Laura Jarrett, CNN, "Rod Rosenstein: Justice Department is 'not going to be extorted'," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of memo

1705, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of memo was in 1705

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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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