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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That said, a handful had their own agendas to push. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Very British Protest," 13 July 2018 The American Federation of Teachers holds its annual convention this weekend, and its agenda is one long brief for the Supreme Court’s recent Janus ruling that non-members no longer have to subsidize the union’s naked political advocacy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vindicating Justice Alito," 11 July 2018 The boring truth, however, is that Trump’s trade agenda just isn’t that big of a deal. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The impact of Trump’s trade wars, explained," 9 July 2018 Her agenda as part of the party’s reform wing was to get more committee members and voters to choose nominees for political, public and judicial seats rather than having those decisions made by a few bosses meeting in closed rooms. Sam Roberts,, "Miriam Bockman, 86, groundbreaking Manhattan Democrat," 30 June 2018 Aided by bellowing online commentators pushing their own agenda and warped worldview, people put together disparate pieces of information into semi-plausible stories. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paul Tremblay’s apocalyptic novel The Cabin at the End of the World is a parents’ worst nightmare," 30 June 2018 Whatever is going to get their base rabid and foaming at the mouth works for them and their agenda. Monique Judge, The Root, "Sean Hannity Blamed Maxine Waters for the Capital Gazette Shooting," 28 June 2018 And the images of these structures—strategically distributed by a government that does not allow access to photojournalists—are being used to promote its agenda. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018 The agenda for Mubarak's August 2009 White House visit was an ever-elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians, a classic example of presidential practicality in dealing with an oppressive ally. Erick Trickey,, "When Hitler met Hoover: 9 instances of dictators scoring presidential face time," 10 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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