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agenda

[uh-jen-duh]
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noun, formally a plural of agendum, but usually used as a singular with plural a·gen·das or a·gen·da.
  1. 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.
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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 formsa·gen·da·less, 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.

agendum

[uh-jen-duh m]
noun, plural a·gen·da [uh-jen-duh] /əˈdʒɛn də/, a·gen·dums.
  1. an agenda.
  2. something that is to be done.
  3. an item on an agenda.
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Origin of agendum

1895–1900; < Latin, gerund of agere to do

Usage note

See agenda.
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Examples from the Web for agenda

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  • The next thing on the agenda is a crash-priority try at a peyondix team.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The report was first on the agenda, so the kids could go home to bed.

    Stopover

    William Gerken

  • It will prepare the agenda for the meetings of the conference.

  • It, too, can be divided to five categories of ownership and agenda.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • As the next motion on the agenda paper may I suggest that the house do now adjourn?

    Ulysses

    James Joyce


British Dictionary definitions for agenda

agenda

noun
  1. Also called: agendum (functioning as singular) a schedule or list of items to be attended to
  2. Also called: agendas, agendums (functioning as plural) matters to be attended to, as at a meeting of a committee
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Word Origin

C17: Latin, literally: things to be done, from agere to do
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Word Origin and History for agenda

n.

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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