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Meaning of “memory” in the English Dictionary

"memory" in British English

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memorynoun

uk   /ˈmem.ər.i/  us   /-ɚ-/
  • memory noun (ABILITY TO REMEMBER)

B1 [C or U] the ​ability to ​rememberinformation, ​experiences, and ​people: a good/​bad memory After the ​accident he ​suffered from loss of memory/memory loss. She has anexcellent memory fornames (= she can ​remembernameseasily).

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  • memory noun (EVENT REMEMBERED)

B1 [C] something that you ​remember from the past: I have vivid memories of that ​evening. That ​tune really brings back memories (= makes me ​remember past ​events). School is just a dim/​distant memory for me now (= something I cannot ​remember very well).

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(Definition of memory from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"memory" in American English

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memorynoun

 us   /ˈmem·ər·i/
  • memory noun (ABILITY TO REMEMBER)

[C/U] the ​ability to ​remember things: [U] After the ​accident he ​suffered from ​loss of memory. [C] She has an ​excellent memory for ​names. [U] Each of the ​childrenrecited a ​shortpoem from memory (= by ​remembering it). [C/U] A computer’s memory is the ​part of a ​computer in which ​information is ​stored, or ​itsability to ​storeinformation.
  • memory noun (WHAT IS REMEMBERED)

[C] something that you ​remember from the past: She has ​vivid memories of her ​trip to Los Angeles 20 ​years ago. That ​songbrings back memories (= makes me ​remember past ​events). A ​service was ​held in memory of (= to ​remember) those who ​died in the ​earthquake.
(Definition of memory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"memory" in Business English

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memorynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈmeməri/ IT
the ​part of a ​computer in which ​information or ​programs are ​stored either permanently or temporarily, or the ​amount of ​spaceavailable on it for ​storinginformation: There has been a dramatic ​drop in ​price for computer memory and ​storage. 4GB/120 GB etc. memory
(Definition of memory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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