Meaning of “agenda” in the English Dictionary

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"agenda" in British English

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agendanoun [ C ]

uk /əˈdʒen.də/ us /əˈdʒen.də/

C1 a list of matters to be discussed at a meeting:

There were several important items on the agenda.
The question of security is high on the agenda for this afternoon's meeting.

C2 a list of aims or possible future achievements:

Women's rights have been put back on the agenda (= are being discussed publicly again).
The subject of safety needs to be placed high on/at the top of the agenda (= must be discussed because it is very important).
Education was placed firmly on the political agenda in the prime minister's weekend speech.

a secret aim or reason for doing something:

She felt that some of the group had an agenda.
There's no hidden agenda - I'm just trying to help.

More examples

  • Perhaps we could move on to discuss the next item on the agenda.
  • Has everyone received a copy of the agenda for next week's meeting?
  • Let's move on, or we will not have time to cover everything on the agenda.
  • The agenda should include an item headed 'Any other business'.
  • Action to prevent the spread of the disease is high on the government's agenda.

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(Definition of “agenda” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"agenda" in American English

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agendanoun [ C ]

us /əˈdʒen·də/

a list of matters to be discussed at a meeting:

Among the items on the agenda were next year’s budget and raising the membership dues.

An agenda can also refer to any matters that have to be dealt with:

Finding a job is at the top of my agenda.

esp. disapproving An agenda is also a particular program of action, often one that is not directly expressed:

She has a political agenda.

(Definition of “agenda” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"agenda" in Business English

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agendanoun [ C ]

uk /əˈdʒendə/ us

the things that a person or organization considers to be important and wants to solve or achieve, or their reasons for wanting to do something:

Agendas change with the times, as every CEO knows.
economic/environmental/political agenda The Senator's environmental agenda is negative for traditional energy producers, but positive for alternative energy producers.
be at the top of/be high on the agenda The plight of poorer countries is high on the WTO's agenda.
Like any businessman he has an agenda, and that should not be forgotten.
set/lay out/establish an agenda Company directors are attempting to lay out an agenda for reducing future financial risks.
I strongly suspect that the author has a hidden agenda.

MEETINGS a list of things to be discussed during a meeting:

If you don't have a structured agenda, people will bring up side issues that aren't relevant to solving the problem.
The next item on the agenda is a special report from the Advisory Committee.
be at the top of/be high on the agenda At a meeting of finance ministers in St Petersburg, security of energy supply was at the top of the agenda.

(Definition of “agenda” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)