[ 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM agendaa·gen·da·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for agendaless
/ (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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