Definitions for Memoryˈmɛm ə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mem•o•ryˈmɛm ə ri(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. the mental capacity or faculty of retaining or recalling facts, events, impressions, or previous experiences.

  2. this faculty as possessed by a particular individual:

    to have a good memory.

  3. the act or fact of retaining and recalling impressions, facts, etc.; remembrance:

    to draw from memory.

  4. the length of time over which recollection extends:

    within the memory of living persons.

  5. a mental impression retained; a recollection:

    an early memory.

  6. the reputation of a person or thing, esp. after death.

  7. the state or fact of being remembered.

  8. a person or thing remembered.

  9. commemorative remembrance; commemoration.

  10. the capacity of a computer to store information . the components of the computer in which such information is stored.

    Category: Computers

    Ref: Also called storage. 4

  11. the ability of certain materials to return to an original shape after deformation.

  12. the ability of a cell of the immune system to respond to an antigen it has previously encountered.

    Category: Immunology

Origin of memory:

1275–1325; < L memoria=memor remembering +-ia -y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. memory(noun)

    something that is remembered

    "search as he would, the memory was lost"

  2. memory, remembering(noun)

    the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered

    "he can do it from memory"; "he enjoyed remembering his father"

  3. memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity(noun)

    the power of retaining and recalling past experience

    "he had a good memory when he was younger"

  4. memory, computer memory, storage, computer storage, store, memory board(noun)

    an electronic memory device

    "a memory and the CPU form the central part of a computer to which peripherals are attached"

  5. memory(noun)

    the area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes

    "he taught a graduate course on learning and memory"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. memory(noun)ˈmɛm ə ri

    sth you remember

    fond/bad memories; I have very few memories of my childhood.

  2. memoryˈmɛm ə ri

    the ability to remember things

    She has a very good/bad memory.

  3. memoryˈmɛm ə ri

    having used your memory to learn

    He sketched the map from memory.

  4. memoryˈmɛm ə ri

    the part of a computer where information is stored

    128 MB of memory; a memory chip

  5. memoryˈmɛm ə ri

    in order to remember and as a sign of respect for

    a service in memory of all those who died


  1. memory(Noun)

    The ability of an organism to record information about things or events with the facility of recalling them later at will.

    Memory is a facility common to all animals.

  2. memory(Noun)

    A record of a thing or an event stored and available for later use by the organism.

    I have no memory of that event.

  3. memory(Noun)

    The part of a computer that stores variable executable code or data (RAM) or unalterable executable code or default data (ROM).

    This data passes from the CPU to the memory.

  4. memory(Noun)

    The time within which past events can be or are remembered.

    in recent memory; in living memory

  5. Origin: From memorie, memoire etc., from memoria, from memor, related to μνήμη μέρμερος, μέριμνα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Memory(noun)

    the faculty of the mind by which it retains the knowledge of previous thoughts, impressions, or events

  2. Memory(noun)

    the reach and positiveness with which a person can remember; the strength and trustworthiness of one's power to reach and represent or to recall the past; as, his memory was never wrong

  3. Memory(noun)

    the actual and distinct retention and recognition of past ideas in the mind; remembrance; as, in memory of youth; memories of foreign lands

  4. Memory(noun)

    the time within which past events can be or are remembered; as, within the memory of man

  5. Memory(noun)

    something, or an aggregate of things, remembered; hence, character, conduct, etc., as preserved in remembrance, history, or tradition; posthumous fame; as, the war became only a memory

  6. Memory(noun)

    a memorial


  1. Memory

    In psychology, memory is the process by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Encoding allows information that is from the outside world to reach our senses in the forms of chemical and physical stimuli. In this first stage we must change the information so that we may put the memory into the encoding process. Storage is the second memory stage or process. This entails that we maintain information over periods of time. Finally the third process is the retrieval of information that we have stored. We must locate it and return it to our consciousness. Some retrieval attempts may be effortless due to the type of information. From an information processing perspective there are three main stages in the formation and retrieval of memory: ⁕Encoding or registration: receiving, processing and combining of received information ⁕Storage: creation of a permanent record of the encoded information ⁕Retrieval, recall or recollection: calling back the stored information in response to some cue for use in a process or activity The loss of memory is described as forgetfulness, or as a medical disorder, amnesia.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Memory

    Complex mental function having four distinct phases: (1) memorizing or learning, (2) retention, (3) recall, and (4) recognition. Clinically, it is usually subdivided into immediate, recent, and remote memory.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Memory' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1367

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Memory' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1721

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Memory' in Nouns Frequency: #433

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the power to remember things

a good memory for details.

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