agenda

Definitions

General English

  • noun a list of points for discussion
  • noun a set of things that someone plans to do

Media Studies

  • noun a list of items to be dealt with by somebody, according to priority
  • noun the idea of a list of items, such as news items or issues, that should be considered important

Origin & History of “agenda”

Agenda is the plural of Latin agendum, which is the gerundive form of the verb agere ‘do’ (see (agent)); it thus means literally ‘things to be done’. when the word first entered the language it was given an anglicized singular form, agend, with the plural agends, but this seems to have disappeared by the 18th century. The formal plurality of agenda is still often insisted on by purists, but it has been used as a singular noun since the mid 18th century.
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