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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 of memorandum
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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  • I made a memorandum of the amount, which you're welcome to see.'

  • Here is a memorandum and a plan describing how they are to be applied.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • The last entry was the only memorandum that had any interest for him.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • There was no memorandum of the taking on of such an impossible number of passengers.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • He entered 320 the names and numbers of the bonds in his memorandum book.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He left a memorandum of those he wanted on hand when his will was read.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He took from his pocket a memorandum book and turned over the leaves.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Cabot had been turning over the leaves of the memorandum book while speaking.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for memorandum

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 memorandum
n.

early 15c., from Latin memorandum "(thing) to be remembered," neuter singular of memorandus "worthy of remembrance, noteworthy," gerundive of memorare "to call to mind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory). Originally a word written at the top of a note, by 1540s it came to stand for the note itself. The Latin plural is memoranda. Cf. also agenda.

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