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[uh-jen-duh] /əˈdʒɛn də/
noun, formally a plural of, agendum but usually used as a singular with plural, agendas or agenda.
a list, plan, outline, or the like, of things to be done, matters to be acted or voted upon, etc.:
The chairman says we have a lengthy agenda this afternoon.
Origin of agenda
1745-55; < Latin, plural of agendum that which is to be done, gerund of agere to do; the plural orig. carried a collective sense denoting the various items to be transacted
Related forms
agendaless, adjective
Usage note
Agenda, “things to be done,” is the plural of the Latin gerund agendum and is used today in the sense “a plan or list of matters to be acted upon.” In that sense it is treated as a singular noun; its plural is usually agendas: The agenda is ready for distribution. The agendas of last year's meetings are printed in the official minutes. The singular agendum, meaning “an item on an agenda,” is rare.


[uh-jen-duh m] /əˈdʒɛn dəm/
noun, plural agenda
[uh-jen-duh] /əˈdʒɛn də/ (Show IPA),
an agenda.
something that is to be done.
an item on an agenda.
1895-1900; < Latin, gerund of agere to do
Usage note
See agenda. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for agenda
  • To win these victories, we must first place them on our diplomatic agenda.
  • Environmental considerations feature high on the development agenda.
  • Your entire agenda is detailed down to the minute.
  • Upon my return to Athens this spring the first activity on my agenda will be to vist the pathenon and the new museum.
  • You came to office with a libertarian-leaning agenda.
  • All candidates must demonstrate a well-defined research agenda and evidence of scholarly activities.
  • There is an agenda prepared in advance, and minutes are kept.
  • Sell the agenda to the members of your team, don't assume their assent.
  • Training and technology topped Newgen's agenda in the past 12 months.
  • It is clear that the ones behind it work by an agenda, in order to strengthen certain beliefs and weaken others.
British Dictionary definitions for agenda


(functioning as sing) Also called agendum. a schedule or list of items to be attended to
(functioning as pl) Also called agendas, agendums. matters to be attended to, as at a meeting of a committee
Word Origin
C17: Latin, literally: things to be done, from agere to do
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Word Origin and History for agenda

1650s, from Latin agenda, literally "things to be done," neuter plural of agendus, gerundive of agere "to do" (see act (n.)). Originally theological (opposed to matters of belief), sense of "items of business to be done at a meeting" first attested 1882. "If a singular is required (=one item of the agenda) it is now agendum, the former singular agend being obsolete" [Fowler].

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