Meaning of MEMORY in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ meməri ]

( memories)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Your memory is your ability to remember things.

All the details of the meeting are fresh in my memory...

He’d a good memory for faces, and he was sure he hadn’t seen her before...

But locals with long memories thought this was fair revenge for the injustice of 1961...

N-VAR : oft poss N


A memory is something that you remember from the past.

She cannot bear to watch the film because of the bad memories it brings back...

Her earliest memory is of singing at the age of four to wounded soldiers...

He had happy memories of his father.

N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft N of n


A computer’s memory is the part of the computer where information is stored, especially for a short time before it is transferred to disks or magnetic tapes. ( COMPUTING )

The data are stored in the computer’s memory.



If you talk about the memory of someone who has died, especially someone who was loved or respected, you are referring to the thoughts, actions, and ceremonies by which they are remembered.

She remained devoted to his memory...

The congress opened with a minute’s silence in memory of those who died in the struggle.

N-SING : usu with poss , also in N of n


If you do something from memory , for example speak the words of a poem or play a piece of music, you do it without looking at it, because you know it very well.

Many members of the church sang from memory...

PHRASE : PHR after v


If you say that something is, for example, the best, worst, or first thing of its kind in living memory , you are emphasizing that it is the only thing of that kind that people can remember.

The floods are the worst in living memory...

PHRASE : n / adj PHR , usu with adj-superl / brd-neg [ emphasis ]


If you lose your memory , you forget things that you used to know.

His illness caused him to lose his memory.

PHRASE : V inflects


to commit something to memory: see commit

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