memory

noun
mem·o·ry | \ˈmem-rē, 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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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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In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, www.mdausa.org. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Ann Kelly," 14 July 2018 The photos triggered her memories of her lifetime of abuse. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Daughter kills dad after finding his child porn collection. She buried her secret for 12 years," 13 July 2018 Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 The installation includes collectible ceramics and other souvenirs that reference his personal memories as well as Galesburg’s social and geographic contexts. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 And Kanter has his own distinct memory of that night, almost two years ago now. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "NBA star Kanter gets 'three or four death threats every week'," 12 July 2018 My most vivid memory of Brett was his thoughtful approach to an issue, not impulsive, not off the cuff. Mark Sherman, BostonGlobe.com, "Born inside the Beltway, Brett Kavanaugh is part of the GOP legal elite," 10 July 2018 And then another Zhen arrives: Wei’s younger brother Qiang, who after more than two decades of missing silence, announces he’s Shanghai-bound, ostensibly to attend the World Expo, and bringing with him memories of shared past. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What We Were Promised' depicts post-Mao China in a deft debut novel set in Shanghai," 13 July 2018 Yet World Peace’s ejection Friday night still brought back memories of the 2004 fight and provoked a strong reaction on social media. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Metta World Peace ejected from BIG3 basketball game in Detroit," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'memory.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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, 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 \
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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