memory

noun
mem·​o·​ry | \ ˈmem-rē How to pronounce memory (audio) , ˈme-mə- \
plural memories

Definition of memory

1a : the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms began to lose his memory as he grew older
b : the store of things learned and retained from an organism's activity or experience as evidenced by modification of structure or behavior or by recall and recognition has a good memory for faces
2a : commemorative remembrance erected a statue in memory of the hero
b : the fact or condition of being remembered days of recent memory
3a : a particular act of recall or recollection has no memory of the event
b : an image or impression of one that is remembered fond memories of her youth
c : the time within which past events can be or are remembered within the memory of living men
4a : a device (such as a chip) or a component of an electronic device (such as a computer or smartphone) in which information can be inserted and stored and from which it may be extracted when wanted especially : ram
b : capacity for storing information 512 megabytes of memory
5 : a capacity for showing effects as the result of past treatment or for returning to a former condition used especially of a material (such as metal or plastic)

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Choose the Right Synonym for memory

memory, remembrance, recollection, reminiscence mean the capacity for or the act of remembering, or the thing remembered. memory applies both to the power of remembering and to what is remembered. gifted with a remarkable memory that incident was now just a distant memory remembrance applies to the act of remembering or the fact of being remembered. any remembrance of his deceased wife was painful recollection adds an implication of consciously bringing back to mind often with some effort. after a moment's recollection he produced the name reminiscence suggests the recalling of usually pleasant incidents, experiences, or feelings from a remote past. my grandmother's reminiscences of her Iowa girlhood

Examples of memory in a Sentence

He began to lose his memory as he grew older. Dad has a selective memory: he remembers the times he was right and forgets the times he was wrong. We have pleasant memories of the trip. trying to repress bitter memories His name evokes memories of a happier time. That time is just a dim memory to me now. The happiness of those times is still vivid in my memory. Her name has faded from memory. I seem to have very little memory of that time in my life. The sudden shock jogged his memory and everything came flooding back into his mind.
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Recent Examples on the Web For many, going to a local brewery for a beer with friends like a distant memory. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "'Summer 2020 has sucked': Why Tempe's Four Peaks is releasing pumpkin beer extra early," 3 Aug. 2020 East Asian states that had lived through the SARS and MERS epidemics reacted quickly when threatened by SARS‑CoV‑2, spurred by a cultural memory of what a fast-moving coronavirus can do. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Defeated America," 3 Aug. 2020 Present-day Alice drifts from this dark, disturbing memory at the dinner table, where Birdy is saying grace. Matt Cabral, EW.com, "Perry Mason recap: Perry puts the final puzzle pieces together, while Sister Alice falls apart," 3 Aug. 2020 But that is a bridge that gets a little too close to reality for Republican politicians and their allies in conservative media, which have claimed that liberals have been polluting Cain’s memory by politicizing it. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Conservative Media Is Really Struggling With the Possibility that Trump Killed Herman Cain," 31 July 2020 For $299, this 10-inch tablet contains 128 gigabytes of storage, 10 hours of battery life and four gigabytes of system memory. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Here's how students can get a free pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones at Best Buy," 13 July 2020 Humanity’s ever competing perceptions of reality, the unreliability of memory, the question of God’s existence and the malleable nature of storytelling are measured again and again in this novel that is long but never dull. Jake Cline, Washington Post, "Charlie Kaufman’s debut novel, ‘Antkind,’ is just as loopy and clever as his movies," 9 July 2020 The i7 version with both storage options includes a 15.4-inch Retina display, 16GB of DDR4 memory, 256GB of storage and a 6-core Intel Core i7 processor. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Prep for the new school year with these one-day Apple deals at Woot!," 9 July 2020 And for its price, some of the specs—only 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage—are underwhelming. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Review: The Lenovo Flex 5G, the world’s first 5G laptop," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of memory

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for memory

Middle English memorie, from Anglo-French memoire, memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor mindful; akin to Old English gemimor well-known, Greek mermēra care, Sanskrit smarati he remembers

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The first known use of memory was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Memory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memory. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for memory

memory

noun
How to pronounce memory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of memory

: the power or process of remembering what has been learned
: something that is remembered
: the things learned and kept in the mind

memory

noun
mem·​o·​ry | \ ˈme-mə-rē How to pronounce memory (audio) , ˈmem-rē \
plural memories

Kids Definition of memory

1 : the power or process of remembering She has a bad memory for names.
2 : the store of things learned and kept in the mind … Botticelli … recited from memory all the confessions he had heard from prisoners.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
3 : the act of remembering and honoring The statue is in memory of a great soldier.
4 : something remembered a pleasant memory
5 : the time within which past events are remembered What happened is not within the memory of any living person.
6 : a device or part in a computer which can receive and store information for use when wanted random access memory
7 : capacity for storing information The computer has 512 megabytes of memory.

memory

noun
mem·​o·​ry | \ ˈmem-(ə-)rē How to pronounce memory (audio) \
plural memories

Medical Definition of memory

1a : the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms
b : the store of things learned and retained from an organism's activity or experience as indicated by modification of structure or behavior or by recall and recognition
2 : a capacity for showing effects as the result of past treatment or for returning to a former condition used especially of a material (as metal or plastic)

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