Meaning of AGENDA in English


a ‧ gen ‧ da /əˈdʒendə/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: 'things to be done' , from agere ; ⇨ ↑ agent ]

1 . a list of problems or subjects that a government, organization etc is planning to deal with

be high on the agenda/be top of the agenda (=be one of the most important problems to deal with)

Measures to combat terrorism will be high on the agenda.

The government set an agenda for constitutional reform.

political/economic/legislative/domestic etc agenda

Our Centre has limited its research agenda to four areas.

2 . the ideas that a political party thinks are important and the things that party aims to achieve:

The Republicans have stuck to their conservative agenda.

3 . a list of the subjects to be discussed at a meeting:

the next item (=subject) on the agenda

⇨ hidden agenda at ↑ hidden 2 (3)

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■ phrases

▪ be high on the agenda

New measures to combat terrorism are high on the agenda.

▪ be (at the) top of the agenda

Energy efficiency is top of the agenda.

▪ be on the political agenda

Immigration is an important issue on the political agenda.

■ verbs

▪ have an agenda

Brown has an agenda for the university’s future.

▪ set an agenda (=decide on the problems you want to deal with)

The new government set an agenda for constitutional reform.

▪ put something on the agenda

This incident has put the issue of racism firmly back on the agenda.

▪ agree an agenda

The meeting ended in chaos as representatives were unable to agree an agenda.

▪ establish/create/provide an agenda (=begin to have an agenda)

We need to establish an agenda for future research.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.