Meaning of “memory” in the English Dictionary

"memory" in British English

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memorynoun

uk /ˈmem.ər.i/ us /ˈmem.ər.i/

memory noun (ABILITY TO REMEMBER)

B1 [ C or U ] the ability to remember information, experiences, and people:

a good/bad memory
After the accident he suffered from loss of memory/memory loss.
She has an excellent memory for names (= she can remember names easily).

More examples

  • I have a good memory and am able to retain facts easily.
  • Loss of memory is a natural part of old age.
  • That last conversation we had is engraved on my memory forever.
  • The research examined the effects of alcohol on long-term memory.
  • Sorry, I have a terrible memory for names - I've forgotten what your daughter is called.

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).

More examples

  • I do have a vague memory of meeting her many years ago.
  • My earliest memory is of being shown around our new house.
  • Looking at her old photographs brought back a lot of memories.
  • Until very recently he worked as a teacher and he still shudders at the memories.
  • Perhaps there are some memories so painful that you have to blot them out.

(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 children recited a short poem from memory (= by remembering it).

[ C/U ] A computer’s memory is the part of a computer in which information is stored, or its ability to store information.

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 song brings 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 /ˈmeməri/ us IT

the part of a computer in which information or programs are stored either permanently or temporarily, or the amount of space available on it for storing information:

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)