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memorandum

[mem-uh-ran-duh m] /ˌmɛm əˈræn dəm/
noun, plural memorandums, memoranda
[mem-uh-ran-duh] /ˌmɛm əˈræn də/ (Show IPA)
1.
a short note designating something to be remembered, especially something to be done or acted upon in the future; reminder.
2.
a record or written statement of something.
3.
an informal message, especially one sent between two or more employees of the same company, concerning company business:
an interoffice memorandum.
4.
Law. a writing, usually informal, containing the terms of a transaction.
5.
Diplomacy. a summary of the state of an issue, the reasons for a decision agreed on, etc.
6.
a document transferring title to goods but authorizing the return of the goods to the seller at the option of the buyer.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin: something to be noted, noun use of neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorāre to mention, tell
Related forms
prememorandum, noun, plural prememorandums, prememoranda.
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memorandum

/ˌmɛməˈrændəm/
noun (pl) -dums, -da (-də)
1.
a written statement, record, or communication such as within an office
2.
a note of things to be remembered
3.
an informal diplomatic communication, often unsigned: often summarizing the point of view of a government
4.
(law) a short written summary of the terms of a transaction
Often (esp for senses 1, 2) shortened to memo
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: (something) to be remembered
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Word Origin and History for prememorandum
memorandum
1433, from L. memorandum "(thing) to be remembered," neut. sing. of memorandus, gerundive of memorare "to call to mind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory). Originally a word written at the top of a note, by 1542 it came to stand for the note itself.
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