Definition of agenda in English:

agenda

Syllabification: a·gen·da
Pronunciation: /əˈjendə
 
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noun

1A list of items to be discussed at a formal meeting: the question of nuclear weapons had been removed from the agenda
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  • When he had been Mayor he had proposed that Any Other Business be removed from the meeting agendas.
  • The meeting discussed the agenda for the games and a further meeting will be held at a later date.
  • I am more than content to discuss this issue further and will add this to the agenda for our next meeting.
1.1A plan of things to be done or problems to be addressed: he vowed to put jobs at the top of his agenda the government had its own agenda
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  • In most cases they raise the funding on the basis of their own agendas, plans and proposals.
  • Top of the agenda were plans for the Atlantic League designed to accommodate big clubs from the smaller countries.
  • Advocate for inclusion, but if they fail them in that regard, they should create their own programs and agendas to address the needs we neglect.
1.2The underlying intentions or motives of a particular person or group: Miller has his own agenda and it has nothing to do with football
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  • Into their barren lives comes Aunt Miriam, a social worker with an agenda.
  • According to Harawira, the unions had their own agenda - closely aligned to protecting the interests of the company.
  • The various pressure groups which preserved these stories all had their own agendas.
Synonyms
plan, scheme, motive; exit strategy
2North American An appointment diary.
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  • Alter people's agendas so that no two contain any common item.
  • We will be sending you a calendar of events for the entire year, which should help organize your agendas and allow you to offer your utmost participation.
  • Also included is an attractive leather bound agenda made with recycled tropical fibers such as coffee, tobacco and bananas as well as an executive brass pen made with recycled brass.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'things to be done'): from Latin, neuter plural of agendum, gerund of agere 'do'.

Usage

Although agenda (‘things to be done’) is the plural of agendum in Latin, in standard modern English it is a normal singular noun with a normal plural form (agendas). See also data (usage) and media1.

Phrases

on the agenda

Scheduled for discussion at a meeting: the rights of minorities would be high on the agenda at the conference
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  • Also, the Civil Defence chief has been continuing to place the issue on the agenda of meetings.
  • Ivory will again be a major issue on the agenda at the 11th meeting of CITES in April.
  • Plans to construct a wind farm are on the agenda for the September meeting of Ramsbottom and Tottington Area Board.
Likely or needing to be dealt with or done: his release was not on the agenda national problems loomed large on the domestic agenda
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  • Celebrating St George's Day in April was likely to be high on the agenda, she said.
  • But deals are definitely back on the agenda, particularly among mid cap companies.
  • War is likely to be high on the agenda as entrepreneurs attempt to work out whether the conflict is good or bad for business.

set the agenda

Draw up a list of items to be discussed at a meeting.
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  • Coreper plays an important part in EC decision-making, in part because it will consider and digest draft legislative proposals that emanate from the Commission, and in part because it helps to set the agenda for Council meetings.
  • The presidency of the council and the right to chair and set the agenda for council meetings changes hands every six months.
  • And here's an opportunity to set the agenda for the meeting, the venue and even the menu on the table.
Influence or determine a program of action: the activists set the agenda, and timorous administrators usually go along
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  • The authors touch upon the importance of actors influencing and setting the agenda on biotechnology.
  • As a reporter, she has spent her life setting the agenda and seems determined to continue to do so in our time together.
  • By setting the agenda and influencing judgments, innovations become targets of imitation.

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