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"memorandum" in British English

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memorandumnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌmem.əˈræn.dəm/ (plural memoranda /-də/ or memorandums) specialized
  • memorandum noun [C] (DOCUMENT)

business a ​short written ​reportpreparedspecially for a ​person or ​group of ​people that ​containsinformation about a ​particularmatter: Michael Davis has ​prepared a memorandum ​outliningour need for an ​additionalwarehouse. law an ​informallegalagreement: The three ​countries have ​signed a memorandum ​pledging to ​work together.
  • memorandum noun [C] (MESSAGE)

formal a memo
(Definition of memorandum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"memorandum" in American English

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memorandumnoun [C]

 us   /ˌmem·əˈræn·dəm/ (plural memoranda  /ˌmem·əˈræn·də/ or memorandums) (short form memo)
a written ​reportpreparedespecially for a ​person or ​group of ​people and ​containinginformation about a ​particularmatter: Ann will ​send a memorandum to the ​staff outlining the new ​procedures.
(Definition of memorandum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"memorandum" in Business English

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memorandumnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌmemərˈændəm/ (plural memoranda, memorandums)
an ​officialreport 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 ​counciltaxpayers 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 ​Houseinformation if it can ​demonstrate that the ​information is ​critical to the ​fulfillment of its ​duties. Environmental campaigners believe that ​stateofficials should ​releasecopies 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 ​businessowners have received ​regulartaxcuts while ​minimumwageworkers have been ​kept waiting at the back of the ​line.
LAW a ​document that ​records the details of a ​legalagreement before it has been ​officiallyaccepted: 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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