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 company on Tuesday signed the civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, as well as a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
After the Trump administration issued a memorandum that prioritized the deportation of undocumented immigrants convicted of a crime, Mr. Cardona was detained on Feb. 28.
The board will discuss that memorandum at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.
Plath wrote The Bell Jar on memorandum paper stolen from her alma mater, and after the draft was accepted, flipped the paper over and began composing her Ariel poems.
The box-office checkup also comes as the U.S. and China are set to revisit a 2012 World Trade Organization joint memorandum on film distribution rights and as the MPAA seeks to increase the number of U.S. films available to Chinese viewers.
Because the totals of both aerospace giants include not only firm orders but commitments and memorandums of understanding about future purchases, some of which may never become real, any crowning of a victor is dubious.
An award package from the Office of Economic Development will follow with guidelines for executing a memorandum of agreement, quarterly performance and budget reporting templates and procedures for receiving funding.
Okay also signed a memorandum of understanding for five 787-9 Dreamliners.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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