W1S1 [ˈmeməri] n plural memories
1¦(ability to remember)¦
2¦(something you remember)¦
4 in/within memory
5 in memory of somebody
6 somebody's memory
7 a walk/trip down memory lane
8 somebody's memory is playing tricks on them
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: memorie, from Latin memoria, from memor 'remembering']
someone's ability to remember things, places, experiences etc
My memory 's not as good as it once was.
memory for
She has a terrible memory for names.
Those of you with long memories will remember this song.
The pianist played the whole piece from memory .
I'm speaking from memory , but I believe it was last May.
The first symptom of the disease is often short-term memory loss.
The image has remained in my memory ever since.
If my memory serves me correctly , he lived in Paris for a while.
2.) ¦(SOMETHING YOU REMEMBER)¦ [C usually plural]
something that you remember from the past about a person, place, or experience
memory of
She talked about her memories of the war.
happy/fond/bad etc memories
He has lots of happy memories of his stay in Japan.
My most vivid memory is not the accident itself but being in the ambulance.
One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother reading stories to me by the fire.
Those old songs bring back memories.
3.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
the part of a computer where information can be stored
The data is stored in the computer's memory.
b) [U]
the amount of space that can be used for storing information on a computer
128 Mb of memory
Personal computers now have much increased memory capacity.
4.) in/within memory
during the time that people can remember
the worst floods in living memory (=since the earliest time that people now alive can remember)
It's certainly the best England team in recent memory.
The disaster was within the memory of many men still working at the station.
5.) in memory of sb
if something is done or made in memory of someone, it is done to remember them and remind other people of them after they have died
a statue in memory of those who died in the war
She set up a charitable fund in her father's memory.
6.) sb's memory
the way you remember someone who has died
She died over 40 years ago but her memory lives on (=people still remember her) .
to sb's memory
There's a bench to his memory in the local park.
7.) a walk/trip down memory lane
when you spend some time remembering the past
She returned to her old school yesterday for a trip down memory lane.
8.) sb's memory is playing tricks on them
spoken used to say that someone is remembering things wrongly
My memory must be playing tricks on me; I'm sure I put that book on the desk.
commit sth to memory atcommit
jog sb's memory atjog1 (3)
refresh sb's memory atrefresh
COLLOCATES for sense 1
have a good/excellent memory
have a bad/poor/terrible etc memory
have a memory like a sieve (=have a very bad memory)
have a long memory (=be able to remember things for a long time)
have a short memory (=only remember something for a short time, and soon forget it)
from memory (=using your memory, and not using notes or written instructions)
lose your memory (=lose your ability to remember things)
short-term memory (=your ability to remember things you have just seen, heard, or experienced)
long-term memory (=your ability to remember events that happened a long time ago)
remain/stay/be etched in your memory (=be remembered for a long time)
if my memory serves me correctly/right (=used to say that you are almost certain you have remembered correctly)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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