\ˈme-(ˌ)mō \
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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In a memo circulated to employees and obtained by The New York Times, Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk, Valence’s co-chief executives, gave no explanation for Mr. Amato’s resignation. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Top Executive Leaves Billboard Amid Examination of Coverage," 11 July 2018 Kevin Delaney, Quartz’s editor in chief and a founder of the site, wrote in a memo that was e-mailed to employees Monday. Paul Mozur,, "Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news startup, is sold to Japanese firm," 3 July 2018 Chief Executive Elon Musk confirmed the weekly goal was met in a memo sent to employees Sunday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Reaches Production Goal for Making 5,000 Model 3s," 1 July 2018 In the memo, the prosecutors noted a nationwide outcry that the criminal justice system hold accountable privileged young men who perpetrate rapes on college campuses. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers call 3-year sentence for Alec Cook's sex crimes lenient for "men with privilege"," 26 June 2018 As Timothy Cama reports for The Hill, a series of memos recently revealed that the EPA is now allowing looser enforcement of regulations for certain facilities. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "These Are the Cities With the Worst Air Pollution," 24 Apr. 2018 Town officials had been told that no household would wait longer than 24 hours for a new 65-gallon cart after the old bin was removed, town Environmental Services Manager Brooks Parker wrote in a memo to Shanley dated May 30. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Has Troubles With Trash Bin Contractor," 5 June 2018 Actress Emma Watson certainly got the style memo, arriving to the game in an all-white outfit that was perfect for the summery event. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emma Watson Might Be the Best-Dressed Celebrity at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 What's contained in the memo, Candelaria Reardon said, must have been a misunderstanding. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "'I stand before you a condemned man,': AG Curtis Hill says he's been unfairly judged," 9 July 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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