[ uh-jen-duh ]
/ əˈdʒɛn də /

noun, formally a plural of agendum, but usually used as a singular with plural a·gen·das or a·gen·da.

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

usage note for agenda

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.


a·gen·da·less, adjective

Definition for agenda (2 of 2)

[ uh-jen-duh m ]
/ əˈdʒɛn dəm /

noun, plural a·gen·da [uh-jen-duh] /əˈdʒɛn də/, a·gen·dums.

an agenda.
something that is to be done.
an item on an agenda.

Origin of agendum

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

usage note for agendum

See agenda. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for agenda

/ (əˈdʒɛndə) /


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

Word Origin for agenda

C17: Latin, literally: things to be done, from agere to do
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