Definition of agenda in English:



  • 1A list of items to be discussed at a formal meeting.

    ‘the question of nuclear weapons had been removed from the agenda’
    • ‘Coun Stainton, who runs Ingleton-based business Status Volkswagen Parts, also claimed the council did not send him the minutes of meetings or agendas and if they did they were too late.’
    • ‘Under flood committee rules, agendas for its meetings are not made public until after they have been held.’
    • ‘When he had been Mayor he had proposed that Any Other Business be removed from the meeting agendas.’
    • ‘The British and Swedish findings have now been put on the agendas for the next meetings of the committee which advises the European Commission on food safety and the World Health Organisation.’
    • ‘Tyab says the student society is not receiving agendas for the board meetings and he wanted to gain insight into the goings on at the development corporation.’
    • ‘Darin Jewell drafted agendas for two meetings between Mandelson and the brothers.’
    • ‘He added that the issue had been added to the agenda of a full meeting of the deans of education this week.’
    • ‘Otherwise architects would be designing political systems, designing meeting agendas, designing teleconferencing equipment and the like.’
    • ‘Shareholders can use the opportunity to place items on the meeting agenda or to ask questions.’
    • ‘The minutes of meetings, agendas, project updates and information about how Calne Town Council works are now all available online.’
    • ‘The cabinet has agreed to publish agendas before each meeting, publicly going into depth on the issues which will be discussed.’
    • ‘Our meetings no longer have agendas or redundant handouts, because we don't need them.’
    • ‘Mayor Graham Francis said the meeting agenda had been on display outside the town hall since Thursday.’
    • ‘Paperwork and crowded church halls, agendas and committee meetings - not everybody's idea of fun.’
    • ‘The organization also hands out draft agendas in advance of meetings, and supplies all board members with minutes.’
    • ‘Some universities post the agendas of upcoming meetings and minutes of their open sessions once they have been ratified.’
    • ‘The council began the website a year ago giving details of council business - dates, agendas for forthcoming meetings and minutes of past ones.’
    • ‘I am more than content to discuss this issue further and will add this to the agenda for our next meeting.’
    • ‘To achieve these successfully a committee with properly notified meeting times and agendas needs to be put in place.’
    • ‘The meeting discussed the agenda for the games and a further meeting will be held at a later date.’
    1. 1.1 A plan of things to be done or problems to be addressed.
      ‘he vowed to put jobs at the top of his agenda’
      ‘the government had its own agenda’
      • ‘McBean assumes a similar stance when addressing the agendas of his army.’
      • ‘And worse still for the government, the row has exposed the real agenda behind their plans.’
      • ‘The next generation of Black leaders will need to address agendas more in economic terms than social or political.’
      • ‘Kim Beazley put the plan on top of the agenda when launching his campaign last Wednesday.’
      • ‘A great day is planned with wining, dining and dancing top of the agenda and all are welcome.’
      • ‘I find… that my own plans and agendas are none of anybody else's business.’
      • ‘Critics are also right in suggesting that his policy agenda is somewhat bereft of concrete plans.’
      • ‘A raft of football-orientated programmes will keep the game top of the agenda throughout the week.’
      • ‘I have felt for a long time that, unless theatre addresses the public agenda, it will die.’
      • ‘It is helpful, for example, to take one of Weber's type characteristics and ask what agendas it actually addresses in a given setting.’
      • ‘Moreover, a new WTO round will have to address developing countries' agendas or they will not agree to its launch.’
      • ‘An optimal time to interview the patient alone is after the family interview has addressed the issues and agendas of the family members.’
      • ‘These extreme situations provide an agenda for policymakers that students of strategy can address.’
      • ‘Top of the agenda were plans for the Atlantic League designed to accommodate big clubs from the smaller countries.’
      • ‘In and around Joburg, different entertainment houses have different agendas and plans for the Easter weekend.’
      • ‘Having just sown Kuttinger and Nantes carrot seeds on my plot, this is top of my agenda for the coming weeks.’
      • ‘The second and third reflect the need to address two agendas, the patient's and the doctor's.’
      • ‘Advocate for inclusion, but if they fail them in that regard, they should create their own programs and agendas to address the needs we neglect.’
      • ‘Pay, independence and limits on the numbers of directorships held are top of his agenda.’
      • ‘In most cases they raise the funding on the basis of their own agendas, plans and proposals.’
      list of items, schedule, programme, timetable, line-up, list, listing, to-do list, plan, scheme, syllabus, bill, card, directory, table
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    2. 1.2 The underlying intentions or motives of a particular person or group.
      ‘Miller has his own agenda and it has nothing to do with football’
      • ‘He hastens to add that the film has no agenda "beyond alleviating an immense amount of pain that people are going through."’
      • ‘The various pressure groups which preserved these stories all had their own agendas.’
      • ‘Your interviewer's agenda doesn't matter one bit.’
      • ‘But what I wrote is probably more accurate in some obscure technical sense of reflecting my true agenda.’
      • ‘And tossing in worn-out phrases about "imperialist" agendas just doesn't impress anyone anymore.’
      • ‘Regrettable too is the tendency by the students to allow themselves to be used either by politicians or their union representatives with hidden agendas.’
      • ‘It is this political agenda that accounts for the constant erosion of the democratic rights of the working class.’
      • ‘But little progress was made, not least because the teams went into the meeting with different agendas.’
      • ‘They don't want college students co-opting their fear, their agony and their misery in order to promote their other agendas.’
      • ‘According to Harawira, the unions had their own agenda - closely aligned to protecting the interests of the company.’
      • ‘When the Government first began to publicly promote its agenda for full privatisation in 1998 there was a rural uproar.’
      • ‘But underlying this playfulness there is also a serious agenda.’
      • ‘We have totally different philosophies and agendas.’
      • ‘There is no room for hidden agendas.’
      • ‘But programs run by artists bring a different agenda.’
      • ‘I think it is a problem for those who have an agenda in their own conservative party.’
      • ‘He describes the effect that scientists with their own agendas can have on society.’
      • ‘Into their barren lives comes Aunt Miriam, a social worker with an agenda.’
      • ‘Yet one suspects that there is another agenda behind his attempt to subvert the global uniformity.’
      • ‘I am honest, trustworthy, caring, work damn hard and have no political aspirations or agenda.’
  • 2North American An appointment diary.

    • ‘Also included is an attractive leather bound agenda made with recycled tropical fibers such as coffee, tobacco and bananas as well as an executive brass pen made with recycled brass.’
    • ‘We will be sending you a calendar of events for the entire year, which should help organize your agendas and allow you to offer your utmost participation.’
    • ‘Refined and sleek, this handsome agenda cover slips easily into a jacket pocket or briefcase.’
    • ‘I can’t even write in my agenda the important upcoming dates in the school year because oh wait, I don’t have a schedule.’
    • ‘Alter people's agendas so that no two contain any common item.’
    appointment book, engagement book, organizer, personal organizer, calendar
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Although agenda (‘things to be done’) is the plural of agendum in Latin, in standard modern English it is a normal singular noun with a normal plural form (agendas). See also data and media


Early 17th century (in the sense things to be done): from Latin, neuter plural of agendum, gerund of agere do.