agen·​da ə-ˈjen-də How to pronounce agenda (audio)
: a list or outline of things to be considered or done
agendas of faculty meetings
: an underlying often ideological plan or program
a political agenda
agendaless adjective

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of agenda was in 1751

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“Agenda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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agen·​da ə-ˈjen-də How to pronounce agenda (audio)
: a list of items of business to be considered (as at a meeting)

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