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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Revenue slid in the three months through March 30 in the semiconductor giant’s memory and programmable-chips businesses, too. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Intel Trims Financial Forecast on Weaker Demand From Cloud, China," 25 Apr. 2019 All are 45-watt parts that support Optane Memory and two channels of 2,666MHz DDR4 memory. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 9th-gen mobile Core chips aim for the high end, rocking 8 cores at up to 5GHz speeds," 23 Apr. 2019 For instance, memory and nostalgia play significant roles in Nadia’s life as well as Maxine’s. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Russian Doll's Greta Lee Is the Best Friend You Always Wanted," 13 Apr. 2019 Some of these, like phase-change memory and Intel's Optane, have even made it to market. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 Left to honor and cherish her memory are her daughter, Maryann Kelly of Wethersfield with her fiancée Michael Kallberg, and her grandsons Kevin and Shawn Kelly. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Ann Kelly," 14 July 2018 Virginia Parker came in memory of her daughter, Rafeea, murdered in 2009 right in front of Rafeea’s 8-year-old son. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "After 26 years working with at-risk teens, can a Philly couple forgive the one who killed their son?," 13 July 2018 Our guests have gone, but the spring memories remain. Vogue, "An Easter Weekend in the English Countryside With Alice Naylor-Leyland," 22 Apr. 2019 Thanks to the recent release of Beyoncé's Homecoming Coachella documentary and a festival display featuring the singer's iconic Coachella stage from 2018, the memories of Beychella live on. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Released “Homecoming”-Inspired Merch," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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memory

noun

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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