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[mem-oh] /ˈmɛm oʊ/
noun, plural memos.
Origin of memo
by shortening; see -o
Related forms
countermemo, noun, plural countermemos. Unabridged
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  • The only things missing from the office memo were expletives.
  • The memo was uncovered by an investigative committee after the company had collapsed.
  • Use this sample memo to get a sense of how your memo should convey your message.
  • Oddly, that sentence was dropped when a condensed version of the memo was released to the press.
  • Designations to funds or program areas should be indicated on the memo line of the check or in accompanying correspondence.
  • Apparently she never got the memo that our gatherings were outlets for complaint and commiseration.
  • The defensively worded memo was designed instead to dampen expectations.
  • Below, a copy of the internal memo explaining the move.
  • The memo is more symbolic than anything else, because in reality the new policy doesn't do all that much.
  • Basically, the memo orders a big bureaucratic exchange of personnel.
British Dictionary definitions for memo


/ˈmɛməʊ; ˈmiːməʊ/
noun (pl) memos
short for memorandum
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Word Origin and History for memo

1889, shortening of memorandum (q.v.).

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