memorandum mem‧o‧ran‧dum [ˌmeməˈrændəm] noun memoranda PLURALFORM [-də] or memorandums PLURALFORM [countable]
1. formal a memo:

• The accusations were first set out in an internal memorandum to the chairman.

2. LAW a legal document recording the important details of an agreement

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memorandum UK US /ˌmemərˈændəm/ noun [C] (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 memorandum

sign/file a memorandum »

Companies signed a memorandum which included guidelines and set out the terms of the agreement.

FORMAL MEMO(Cf. ↑memo) noun
a leaked memorandum — Cf. a leaked memorandum

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • mémorandum — [ memɔrɑ̃dɔm ] n. m. • 1777; angl. memorandum, neutre subst. du lat. memorandus « qui doit être rappelé, mérite d être rappelé » 1 ♦ Note écrite, adressée par un agent diplomatique au gouvernement auprès duquel il est accrédité, pour exposer le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • memorandum — MEMORÁNDUM, memorandumuri, s.n. 1. Document diplomatic cuprinzând expunerea faptelor sau argumentelor juridice care privesc relaţiile dintre state şi formează sau vor forma obiectul unor tratative; memorial. 2. (înv.) Carnet, registru etc. pe… …   Dicționar Român

  • memorandum — mem·o·ran·dum /ˌme mə ran dəm/ n pl dums or da / də/ 1: a usu. informal written communication 2: a record (as a note) which is used by a party seeking to enforce an otherwise oral agreement in accordance with the Statute of Frauds to prove that… …   Law dictionary

  • Memorandum — Sn erw. fach. (19. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Entlehnt aus ne. memorandum Vermerk zur Erinnerung , übernommen aus dem Gerundivum von l. memorāre erinnern .    Ebenso nndl. memorandum, ne. memorandum, nfrz. mémorandum, nschw. memorandum, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Memorandum — Mem o*ran dum, n.; pl. E. {Memorandums}, L. {Memoranda}. [L., something to be remembered, neut. of memorandus, fut. pass. p. of memorare. See {Memorable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • memorandum — (n.) early 15c., from L. memorandum (thing) to be remembered, neuter singular of memorandus worthy of remembrance, noteworthy, gerundive of memorare to call to mind, from memor mindful of (see MEMORY (Cf. memory)). Originally a word written at… …   Etymology dictionary

  • memorândum — s. m. O mesmo que memorando. • Plural: memorânduns.   ‣ Etimologia: latim memorandum, neutro de memorandus, a, um, que deve ser lembrado, gerundivo de memoro, are, lembrar …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • memorándum — (Del lat. memorandum, cosa que debe recordarse). 1. m. Comunicación diplomática, menos solemne que la memoria y la nota, por lo común no firmada, en que se recapitulan hechos y razones para que se tengan presentes en un asunto grave. 2. Informe… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Memorandum — (lat.), etwas zu Notierendes, eine Denkschrift; ein dazu bestimmtes Buch (Memorandenbuch, Memorial); insbes. auch die in Seeversicherungspolicen enthaltene Aufzählung der Gefahren, gegen die der Versicherer keine Garantie übernimmt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Memorándum — (lat.), etwas zu Erinnerndes, zu Notierendes; dafür bestimmtes Buch (Memorandenbuch) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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