memory


memory
noun
1 ability to remember
ADJECTIVE
excellent, good, long, prodigious, retentive
awful, bad, faulty, poor, short, terrible
long-term, short-term

His short-term memory was damaged in the accident.

working

the limitations of working memory

collective

the nation's collective memory

public

The incident faded from public memory.

cultural, historical, institutional (esp. AmE)

How short our cultural memory has become.

the historical memory of a culture

the Army's institutional memory

visual

Bad spellers have a weak visual memory.

photographic
human
VERB + MEMORY
jog, refresh

Seeing your name in the paper jogged my memory.

lose

Most people start to lose their memory as they get older.

recover, regain
haunt

one of those films that haunts the memory long after it has been watched

commit sth to

I committed the number to memory and threw the letter away.

search

She searched her memory for their names.

PREPOSITION
from memory

He recited the whole poem from memory.

memory for

I have a good memory for faces.

PHRASES
in living memory, in recent memory

the coldest winter in living memory

if memory serves (BrE), if memory serves me, if memory serves me correctly, if memory serves me right

If memory served her, his name was Stan.

2 thought of the past
ADJECTIVE
childhood, early

My earliest childhood memory is of falling in a lake.

dim, distant, faded, fading, faint, fuzzy (esp. AmE), hazy, vague
clear, vivid
affectionate (esp. BrE), cherished, fond, good, great, happy, lovely (esp. BrE), nostalgic, pleasant, positive, precious, special, sweet, treasured, warm, wonderful
favourite/favorite
bitter-sweet
haunting

the haunting memories of lost love

awful, bad, bitter, disturbing, embarrassing, horrible, horrific, painful, sad, terrible, traumatic, unhappy, unpleasant, unwanted
powerful, strong
abiding (esp. BrE), enduring, lasting, lingering

My abiding memory of our first meeting is of a girl too shy to talk.

fleeting
forgotten, lost

all the forgotten memories from when he was younger

old

the pain of old memories

fresh, recent

the fresh memory of my momentous news this morning

first

one of my first memories

shared

They exchanged grins at the shared memory.

repressed, suppressed

a repressed memory of trauma

false

false memories of abuse

false memory syndrome

selective
recovered

recovered memories of abusive and violent incidents

associative
VERB + MEMORY
have

I have memories of sitting on the back of the school bus.

bring back, evoke, recall, rekindle, revive, spark, stir, stir up, trigger
conjure, conjure up, retrieve

Most young adults can retrieve memories of very early events.

relive

forced to relive painful memories

remember

I began to remember happy memories from my childhood.

retain
invoke
cherish, treasure

I will always treasure these memories.

keep alive, preserve
share

The actors share fond memories of what Gene meant to them.

block (esp. AmE), block out, blot out, bury, erase, push aside, push away, repress, suppress

He tried to blot out his memories of the ordeal.

record

Keeping a journal is a great way to record your memories.

hold

a place that holds so many memories of Ellen

be haunted by

still haunted by memories of his father's death

MEMORY + VERB
come flooding back, flood back, flood sb's mind (esp. AmE), rush back to sb

When we visited my old family home, memories came flooding back.

stir

Memories stirred in Josie's mind.

fade
PREPOSITION
at the memory

Her eyes gleamed at the memory.

in memory of

He planted some apple trees in memory of his wife.

memory from

Smells and tastes often evoke memories from the past.

memory of

fond memories of her childhood

PHRASES
in loving memory

in loving memory of our beloved father

3 of a computer
ADJECTIVE
computer, system
cache, working
flash
VERB + MEMORY
expand
take up

Photographs take up a lot of memory.

MEMORY + NOUN
stick
drive
slot

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