Definition of "memory" []

  • The mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experience. (noun)
  • The act or an instance of remembering; recollection: spent the afternoon lost in memory. (noun)
  • All that a person can remember: It hasn't happened in my memory. (noun)
  • Something remembered: pleasant childhood memories. (noun)
  • The fact of being remembered; remembrance: dedicated to their parents' memory. (noun)
  • The ability of the mind to store and recall past sensations, thoughts, knowledge, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The part of the brain that appears to have this function (noun)
  • The sum of everything retained by the mind (noun)
  • A particular recollection of an event, person, etc (noun)
  • The time over which recollection extends (noun)
  • Commemoration or remembrance (noun)
  • The state of being remembered, as after death (noun)
  • A part of a computer in which information is stored for immediate use by the central processing unit (noun)
  • The tendency for a material, system, etc, to show effects that depend on its past treatment or history (noun)
  • The ability of a material, etc, to return to a former state after a constraint has been removed (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "memory" in a sentence
  • "What's surprising about this analysis is that it suggests that built in to common sense concepts of memory is a reliance on the existence of some kind of ˜memory trace™ as a continuous bridge across the temporal gap, causally connecting past and present."
  • "-- And not only must memory, if it is to be a good memory, omit the generally worthless, or trivial, or irrelevant, and supply the generally useful, significant, and relevant, but it must in some degree be a _specialized memory_."
  • "We new-born infants, without experience, were born with fear, with memory of fear; and _memory is experience_."