- The program given to those attending a conference is an example of an agenda.
- The set of issues and policies those in government use to gain support are an example of political agenda.
- program of things to be done; specif., a list of things to be dealt with at a meeting
- an objective or set of objectives, esp. one that is not pursued openly: a committeeman with his own personal agenda
Origin of agendaL, neuter plural of agendum, gerund, gerundive of agere, act
- A list of things to be discussed in a meeting.
- a. A program of things to be done or considered: “King's broadening of the civil rights agenda to include issues of class, income, and employment” ( James Carroll )b. Informal A usually unstated underlying motive: “Everyone has an agenda, whether he or she is honest about it or not” ( Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger )
- A datebook: bought a leather-bound agenda.
- A plural of agendum
Origin of agendaFrom Latin pl. of agendum neuter gerundive of agere to do ; see agendum .
Usage Note: The term agendum has largely been supplanted by its Latin plural agenda, which is treated as a singular noun and denotes a list or program of numerous things, as in The agenda for the meeting has not yet been set. In this use, the plural of agenda is agendas.
The word agenda is the Latin plural of agendum, but in English the word agenda is usually taken as a singular, and item on the agenda used for individual things in the list.
From Latin agenda (“things which ought to be done”), future passive participle (gerundive) of agō (“I do, act, make”).