Definition of agenda noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    agenda

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    noun
    BrE BrE//əˈdʒendə//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdʒendə//
     
    Business meetings
     
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  1. 1a list of items to be discussed at a meeting The next item on the agenda is the publicity budget. Wordfinderagenda, AGM, apology, brainstorming, breakout, the chair, committee, convene, meeting, the minutes See related entries: Business meetings
  2. 2a plan of things to be done, or problems to be addressed This is an ambitious agenda that will take time to implement. Cost-cutting is top of the agenda for the next quarter. For the government, education is now at the top of the agenda (= most important). Newspapers have been accused of trying to set the agenda for the government (= decide what is important). In our company, quality is high on the agenda. Which Word?agenda / diary / schedule / timetable A book with a space for each day where you write down things that you have to do in the future is called a diary or a datebook (North American English) (not an agenda). You may also have a calendar on your desk or hanging up in your room, where you write down your appointments. A diary or a journal is also the record that some people keep of what has happened during the day:The Diary of Anne Frank. In British English your schedule is a plan that lists all the work that you have to do and when you must do each thing and a timetable is a list showing the fixed times at which events will happen:a bus/​train timetable. In North American English these are both called a schedule. See related entries: Business meetings
  3. 3the intention behind what somebody says or does, that is often secret The artist is letting his own agenda affect what was meant to be a community project. see also hidden agenda See related entries: Business meetings
  4. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘things to be done’): from Latin, neuter plural of agendum, gerundive of agere ‘do’.Extra examples A copy of the agenda is circulated to delegates a month before the conference. An 18-point agenda was drawn up for the meeting. An expensive holiday is definitely off the agenda this year. Child poverty has been pushed off the agenda. He accused the government of having a hidden agenda. I will put this on the agenda for the next meeting. I’m not trying to push any agenda here. Improving trade between the two countries will be top of the agenda at the talks. In our company, quality is high on the agenda. Next on the agenda is deciding where we’re going to live. Safety at work is on the agenda for next month’s meeting. The college needs to draw up an agenda for change. The party has a rather narrow political agenda. The question of pay had been left off the agenda. They were pursuing their own agenda. We have a very full agenda of issues to discuss. We have an agreed agenda for action. We were following an agenda set by the students themselves. For the government, education is now at the top of the agenda. Newspapers have been accused of trying to set the agenda for the government.
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