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 Garland pushed back on Van Drew's questions about the memo, at times raising his voice. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Mel Fronczek After the NCAA memo about A&M, Texas and Texas Tech put on hold plans to strengthen connections with collectives. Lia Assimakopoulos, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2023 Studio chief Jennifer Salke announced Oillataguerre’s hiring in a memo to staff on Friday. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 15 Sep. 2023 Winegarden said the gift cards were never used. AHSAA executive director Alvin Briggs sent a memo to member principals, athletic directors and head coaches last week, reminding them of the AHSAA Amateur Rules after several inquiries were made to the office. Ben Thomas |, al, 14 Sep. 2023 Costs that are reimbursed are not considered gifts and do not have to be reported, Gibson’s memo explained. Isaac Arnsdorf and Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 The person who oversaw the efforts, Sandie Hawkins, left the company for personal reasons, according to an internal memo. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 The special counsel’s indictment alleges that the plan to use fake electors began in Wisconsin, with a memo from Co-Conspirator 5 that was sent on Dec. 13, 2020. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 The message came in a memo from the writers guild’s negotiating committee to union members. Erica Werner, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

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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“Memo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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