Meaning of MEMORY in English


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


Your ~ is your ability to remember things.

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

He’d a good ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~.



If you talk about the ~ 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 ~...

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

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


If you do something from ~, 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 ~...

PHRASE: PHR after v


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

The floods are the worst in living ~...

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


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

His illness caused him to lose his ~.

PHRASE: V inflects


to commit something to ~: see commit

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