memorymem‧o‧ry /ˈmeməri/ ●●●S2W1 noun (plural memories) 🔊 🔊 1ability to remember [countable, uncountable]REMEMBER someone’s ability to remember things, places, experiences etcmemory for 🔊 She has a terrible memory for names.from memory 🔊 The pianist played the whole piece from memory.in your memory 🔊 The image has remained in my memory ever since.2something you remember [countable usually plural]REMEMBER something that you remember from the past about a person, place, or experiencememory of 🔊 She talked about her memories of the war. 🔊 He has lots of happy memories of his stay in Japan. 🔊 When I saw the pictures, the memories came flooding back (=I suddenly had many memories about something).3computera)[countable]TD the part of a computer where information can be stored 🔊 The data is stored in the computer’s memory.b)[uncountable]TD 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 memory5 →in memory of somebody6 →somebody’s memory7 →a walk/trip down memory lane8 →somebody’s memory is playing tricks on themCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: someone’s ability to remember things, places, experiences etcadjectivesgood/excellentI wish my memory was as good as yours.bad/poor/terribleA student with a poor memory may struggle in school.short-term memory (=your ability to remember things that you have just seen, heard, or done)The drug can damage your short-term memory.long-term memory (=your ability to remember things that happened a long time ago)Most people's long-term memory is limited.visual memory (=your ability to remember things you have seen)Poor spellers often have a weak visual memory.a photographic memory (=the ability to remember every detail of things that you have seen)Unless you have a photographic memory, you forget half of what you read as soon as you close the book.verbsremain/stay/stick in your memory (=be remembered for a long time)That day will remain in my memory forever.refresh/jog your memory (=help someone to remember something)Perhaps this photograph will refresh your memory?lose your memory (=become unable to remember things that happened in the past)The blow on the head caused him to lose his memory.commit something to memory formal (=make yourself remember something)I've already committed his name to memory.phraseshave a short memory (=if you have a short memory, you soon forget things)Voters have short memories.have a long memory (=if you have a long memory, you remember things for a long time)He has a long memory for people who have let him down.have a memory like a sieve (=forget things very easily)I'm sorry, I have a memory like a sieve. I forgot you were coming today! loss of memory/memory loss (=when you cannot remember things)The condition can cause dizziness and memory loss.a lapse of memory/a memory lapse (=when you cannot remember something for a short time)The alcohol seemed to make him suffer lapses of memory.if my memory serves (me correctly/right) (=used to say that you are almost certain you have remembered something correctly)If my memory serves me correctly, Johnson was also there.something is etched in your memory (=it is impossible to forget)The date was etched in my memory.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: something that you remember from the past about a person, place, or experienceadjectivesADJECTIVES/NOUN + memory good/bad etc memoriesHe left school with good memories of his time there.happy/unhappy memoriesMany people have unhappy memories of being forced to play team sports.fond memories (=about someone or something you like)She had fond memories of her aunt and uncle.a painful memory (=very upsetting)He sobbed as he relived the painful memory.a vivid memory (=very clear and detailed)I have vivid memories of that summer.a clear memoryI have a clear memory of the first time I met David.a dim/distant memory (=not clear, from a long time ago)He had only dim memories of his father, who had died when he was four.a vague memory (=not clear)I have a vague memory of visiting them when I was small.a childhood memoryGoing to the farm brought back happy childhood memories.somebody's earliest memoryMy earliest memory is of being bitten by a dog.an abiding/enduring/lasting memory (=that you will always have)The children's abiding memory of their father is of his patience and gentleness.verbshave a/have no memory of something (=remember/not remember something)She had no memory of the accident.relive a memory (=talk about past events so you remember them again)Seeing her again was an excuse to relive old memories.bring back memories (also rekindle/revive memories formal) (=make you remember something)For many older people, the film brought back memories of the war.memories come flooding back (=you suddenly remember things clearly)Evelyn hugged her daughter, as memories came flooding back to her.a memory fades (=becomes less clear and accurate)Write down how you felt before the memory fades.phrasesa place is full of memories (=makes you remember things that happened there)My old home is full of unhappy memories.be haunted by the memory of something (=be unable to forget something unhappy)He is haunted by memories of his unhappy childhood.shudder/wince at the memory of something (=be upset by remembering something)She shuddered at the memory of her parents fighting.