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noun memory pronunciation in British English /ˈmem(ə)ri/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you remember

    The memory of that night is still clear in his mind.

    memory of:

    I don't have very fond memories of my school days.

    a vivid memory (=a very clear memory):

    What are your most vivid memories of that period?

    1. a.
      [singular] the fact that people remember a particular person or event

      Her memory will live on for ever (=people will always remember her).

      A small monument was erected to the memory of those who died.

  2. 2
    [singular] the ability to remember things

    a memory test

    He searched his memory but couldn't recall where he'd seen her before.

    Your memory tends to get worse as you get older.

    My memory was playing tricks on me (=I was not remembering things correctly).

    have a good/bad memory for something (=usually be able or not be able to remember something):

    I've never had a very good memory for names.


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