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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The twists and turns of the plot, which take viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, expose the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself… and ultimately find love. Hal Boedeker,, "Jane Austen: Unfinished novel becomes ‘Masterpiece’ series," 10 July 2018 Then, in 2012, the Republican Party agenda added opposition to the Affordable Care Act as a policy requirement for nominees, and in 2016 support for gun ownership. Charles Cameron, Vox, "The litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 Ultimately, the board approves the credit card purchases as part of the consent agenda once a month in a voucher list, which is the list of bills the village pays every month. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview announces 'improvements and clarifications' to credit card policy following Pioneer Press investigation," 3 July 2018 The family-separation issue isn’t the only one where action in the federal judiciary could force immigration into the headlines and onto the congressional agenda. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the GOP Might Face More Humiliation on Immigration," 2 July 2018 The single biggest challenge leaders must confront to secure a better future for Missouri may very well be avoiding the agendas of narrow special interests and working for a better future for all. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 The best way to avoid Parkinson’s law of triviality is to get the agenda right. The Economist, "Tortured by meetings," 28 June 2018 The new business is on the July 9 agenda of the Wauwatosa Plan Commission. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Italian restaurant planned for east Tosa," 28 June 2018 Mosallam then made a motion to amend the agenda for the meeting to place an item on it that would have fired Engler for cause. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Two Michigan State trustees fail in effort to fire John Engler," 22 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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to express warning or disapproval

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