agen·da | \ ə-ˈjen-də \

Definition of agenda 

1 : a list or outline of things to be considered or done agendas of faculty meetings

2 : an underlying often ideological plan or program a political agenda

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Other words from agenda

agendaless \-də-ləs \ adjective

Examples of agenda in a Sentence

The committee set the agenda for the next several years of research. There are several items on the agenda for tonight's meeting. What's the first item on the agenda? Such an idea has been high on the political agenda for some time. He wants to push his own agenda no matter what the others say.
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While there’s much on the agenda for the meeting in Brussels, Trump has largely been focusing on one issue: getting all North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies to meet a pledge of 2 percent spending on defense. Tessa Berenson / Brussels, Time, "Europe Worries as President Trump Heads to NATO Summit," 10 July 2018 The report suggests that Brands is prepared to orchestrate a stunning double swoop on La Liga giants Barcelona for two key defensive signings, with French left back Lucas Digne and Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina on the agenda at Goodison., "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018 Sandra Oh makes Emmy history, Mexico’s Congress is nearly 50% female, and paid family leave is once again on the agenda on Capitol Hill. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Sandra Oh, Emmy Nomination, Wimbledon: Broadsheet July 13," 13 July 2018 Adding to the urgency is a summit meeting on Monday between Mr. Putin and President Trump in Helsinki, where Iran and Syria are expected to be on the agenda. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 The trade solutions from the left stress global unity among the working classes, to break the stranglehold that elite business interests have on the agenda. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 On the itinerary: tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Not expected on the agenda: a warm welcome from Brits. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "From effigies to egging: The British have a long history of dissing U.S. presidents," 11 July 2018 Frolov is equally pessimistic on Syria, which will be high on the agenda. Trudy Rubin,, "Analysis: Trump gets his summit with Putin. Watch out! | Trudy Rubin," 27 June 2018 Municipal utility districts, which operate local water and sewer systems, will be on the agenda in September. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands incorporation study eyes police, roads, MUDs this summer, fall," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of agenda

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agenda

from plural of agendum or its Latin source, taken as a singular noun

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English Language Learners Definition of agenda

: a list of things to be considered or done

: a plan or goal that guides someone's behavior and that is often kept secret


agen·da | \ ə-ˈjen-də \

Kids Definition of agenda

: a list of things to be done or talked about

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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