agen·​da | \ ə-ˈjen-də How to pronounce agenda (audio) \

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 How to pronounce agendaless (audio) \ 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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Pushing his anti-migrant agenda, Salvini is already unofficially campaigning to be the next premier, even though no new election date has been set. Washington Post, "League ally: Crisis is chance to move Italy farther to right," 10 Aug. 2019 Defanging the provision was central to their broader agenda of moving India closer to a Hindu nation. Suhasini Raj,, "Pakistan vows to punish India for Kashmir move," 7 Aug. 2019 In 2017, a committee of emergency medicine physicians set out their own firearms research agenda. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How to Reduce Gun Violence: Ask Some Scientists," 6 Aug. 2019 This exclusive escalation ladder allowed both states to maintain control of their own respective agendas. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "With Kashmir move, India risks losing the upper hand of a responsible, nuclear-armed democracy," 6 Aug. 2019 We, along with many other bona fide marine mammal experts, and accredited zoos and aquariums are tired of activists masquerading as legitimate animal experts, and making false and outlandish claims to advance their own agenda. Kelli Bender,, "Animal Welfare Group Names 12 Animal Venues to Avoid, Including Two SeaWorld Locations," 5 Aug. 2019 The knockout blow came when the health-care plan at the center of their agenda failed to withstand the scrutiny of the other candidates. Stephen Stromberg, Twin Cities, "Stephen Stromberg: Sanders and Warren got crushed on health care, finally," 4 Aug. 2019 Yet the presence of this paradox at the heart of the Founders’ vision is perhaps the good news, for freedom has had its own driving logic, has claimed its own agenda, has propelled us over time toward better angels. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019 According to the agenda, the town received 57 wide-ranging submissions, including: The remainder of the submissions, as well as the town’s naming rights policy that served as a guide for the committee, can be found on the town’s website. Emily Brindley,, "Committee recommends name for Simsbury’s new park," 26 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce agenda (audio) \

Kids Definition of agenda

: a list of things to be done or talked about

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