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memorandum

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌmemərˈændəm/ ( plural memoranda, memorandums)
an official report about a particular subject that is written for a company, organization, or government to consider: An earlier memorandum, agreed with the Treasury, stated that overspends should be split between London council taxpayers and Lottery funds. In a memorandum prepared for the White House and submitted to Congress, the Solicitor General contends that Congress can only obtain White House information if it can demonstrate that the information is critical to the fulfillment of its duties. Environmental campaigners believe that state officials should release copies of the draft memorandums before the documents are signed.issue/send/draft a memorandum The head of the federal Forest Service has sent a memorandum regarding the new legislation to managers.a memorandum from sb A memorandum from the Economic Policy Institute said business owners have received regular tax cuts while minimum wage workers have been kept waiting at the back of the line.
LAW a document that records the details of a legal agreement before it has been officially accepted: a legal/sentencing memorandumsign/file a memorandum Companies signed a memorandum which included guidelines and set out the terms of the agreement.
formal →  memo noun
a leaked memorandum a document that has been made available to the public without the permission of the organization or company who wrote it: Executives were angry that their plans had been made public through the leaked memorandum.
(Definition of memorandum from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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