Definition of memorandum
1 : an informal record; also : a written reminder
2 : an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official
3a : an informal diplomatic (see diplomatic 2) communicationb : a usually brief communication written for interoffice circulation The company president sent a memorandum to every employee.c : a communication that contains directive, advisory, or informative matter The memorandum called particular attention to the plight of refugees.
memorandums or memoranda?
Although some commentators warn against the use of memoranda as a singular and condemn the plural memorandas, our evidence indicates that these forms are rarely encountered in print. We have a little evidence of the confusion of forms, including use of memorandum as a plural, in speech (as at congressional hearings). As plurals memoranda and memorandums are about equally frequent.
Examples of memorandum in a Sentence
I'm waiting for the memorandum that will explain the new vacation policy.
the studio executives depend on endless memoranda to keep track of what's going on at a movie shot on location
Recent Examples of memorandum from the Web
The City Council in December approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Westport Business League that outlines the privatization concept.
The Justice Department is currently reviewing a draft of the memorandum, the source said.
More important, the vast majority of these announcements were memorandums of understanding or letters of intent — not finalized, formal business contracts.
Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation, wrote the memorandum intended to justify Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
The New York Times reported May 16 on a memorandum that former FBI Director James Comey wrote, essentially to himself, on his talk with the president after the firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Davis said her office has worked out a memorandum of understanding between the company and the college to ensure Gary residents are trained to the company's standards.
The Doctor Who memorandum of understanding also calls for the partners to explore future opportunities as well as exchange expertise.
If so, please identify what individual(s) or entities prepared and reviewed the legal opinion or memorandum.
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Origin and Etymology of memorandum
Middle English, to be remembered, from Latin, neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorare
First Known Use: 15th century
MEMORANDUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of memorandum for English Language Learners
: a usually brief written message or report from one person or department in a company or organization to another
law : an informal written record of an agreement that has not yet become official
MEMORANDUM Defined for Kids
Definition of memorandum for Students
1 : an informal report or message
2 : a written reminder
Legal Definition of memorandum
1 : a usually informal written communication
2 : a record (as a note) which is used by a party seeking to enforce an otherwise oral agreement in accordance with the Statute of Frauds to prove that the other party agreed to a contract and which need not contain all the terms of the contract itself
3 : brief
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