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memorandum

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noun mem·o·ran·dum \ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm\

Simple Definition of memorandum

  • : a usually brief written message or report from one person or department in a company or organization to another

  • law : an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of memorandum

plural memorandums or memorandaplay \-də\

  1. 1 :  an informal record; also :  a written reminder

  2. 2 :  an informal written note of a transaction or proposed instrument

  3. 3 a :  an informal diplomatic communication b :  a usually brief communication written for interoffice circulation c :  a communication that contains directive, advisory, or informative matter

Usage Discussion of memorandum

Although some commentators warn against the use of memoranda as a singular and condemn the plural memorandas, our evidence indicates that these forms are rarely encountered in print. We have a little evidence of the confusion of forms, including use of memorandum as a plural, in speech (as at congressional hearings). As plurals memoranda and memorandums are about equally frequent.

Examples of memorandum in a sentence

  1. <I'm waiting for the memorandum that will explain the new vacation policy.>

  2. <the studio executives depend on endless memoranda to keep track of what's going on at a movie shot on location>



Origin of memorandum

Middle English, to be remembered, from Latin, neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorare


First Known Use: 15th century


MEMORANDUM Defined for Kids

memorandum

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noun mem·o·ran·dum \ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm\

Definition of memorandum for Students

plural memorandums or memoranda \-də\

  1. 1 :  an informal report or message

  2. 2 :  a written reminder




Law Dictionary

memorandum

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noun mem·o·ran·dum \ˌme-mə-ˈran-dəm\

Legal Definition of memorandum

plural memorandums or memoranda \-də\ play

  1. 1 :  a usu. informal written communication

  2. 2 :  a record (as a note) which is used by a party seeking to enforce an otherwise oral agreement in accordance with the Statute of Frauds to prove that the other party agreed to a contract and which need not contain all the terms of the contract itself

  3. 3 :  brief

  4. 4 :  memorandum decision





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