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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Following it is the text of my confidential memorandum on the actual negotiations.
▪ The contents of the Information memorandum should be excluded from any warranty statement.
▪ As stated above the responsibility for the Information memorandum and Investment Overview is always that of the client.
▪ We will therefore not use a full Information memorandum and our total workload will be reduced.
▪ I now have pleasure in enclosing an Information memorandum which should be read in conjunction with this letter.
▪ The board should minute the projections thereby approving them before the Information memorandum is distributed.
▪ On receipt of your undertaking I will forward an Information memorandum to you.
▪ On his way back to Washington, Bundy prepared a memorandum urging a steady program of bombing the north.
▪ Together with the documents he sent an important memorandum to the Burnham sub-branch.
▪ Between five and 15 consultants chosen from a large pool of employees are typically called upon to review any given idea memorandum.
▪ Nevertheless, we will, of course, require your assistance in drafting the non-financial section of the memorandum.
▪ On his way back to Washington, Bundy prepared a memorandum urging a steady program of bombing the north.
▪ Reagan is also being accused of ordering scientists to ignore the terms of reference of the memorandum.
▪ The Council received the memorandum, and set up a sub-committee to consider it, with Lord Kings Norton in the chair.
▪ What is said in a letter or memorandum is partly how it is said.
▪ When Meese handed North the memorandum, he at first showed no surprise.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.]

  1. A record of something which it is desired to remember; a note to help the memory.

    I . . . entered a memorandum in my pocketbook.

    I wish you would, as opportunity offers, make memorandums of the regulations of the academies.
    --Sir J. Reynolds.

  2. (Law) A brief or informal note in writing of some transaction, or an outline of an intended instrument; an instrument drawn up in a brief and compendious form.

    Memorandum check, a check given as an acknowledgment of indebtedness, but with the understanding that it will not be presented at bank unless the maker fails to take it up on the day the debt becomes due. It usually has Mem. written on its face.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin 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). Originally a word written at the top of a note, by 1540s it came to stand for the note itself. The Latin plural is memoranda. Compare also agenda.


n. 1 a short note serving as a reminder 2 a written business communication 3 a brief diplomatic communication 4 a page in an annual publication honoring the memory of a person who died during the past year.

  1. n. a written proposal or reminder [syn: memo, memoranda]

  2. [also: memoranda (pl)]


A memorandum (abbrev.: memo) was from the Latin verbal phrase memorandum est, the gerundive form of the verb memoro, "to mention, call to mind, recount, relate", which means "It must be remembered (that)...". It is therefore a note, document or other communication that helps the memory by recording events or observations on a topic, such as may be used in a business office. The plural form of the Latin noun memorandum so derived is properly memoranda, but if the word is deemed to have become a word of the English language, the plural memorandums, abbreviated to memos, may be used. (See also Agenda, Corrigenda, Addenda) A memorandum can have only a certain number of formats; it may have a format specific to an office or institution. In law specifically, a memorandum is a record of the terms of a transaction or contract, such as a policy memo, memorandum of understanding, memorandum of agreement, or memorandum of association. Alternative formats include memos, briefing notes, reports, letters or binders. They could be one page long or many. They may be considered as grey literature. If the user is a cabinet minister or a senior executive, the format might be rigidly defined and limited to one or two pages. If the user is a colleague, the format is usually much more flexible. At its most basic level, a memorandum can be a handwritten note to one's supervisor. In business, a memo is typically used by firms for internal communication, as opposed to letters which are typically for external communication. Hence, we can consider memoranda as an upward communication process through which any complaint, issues, opinion, views and suggestion are put forward to the authorized level.

Memorandum (album)

Memorandum is the third album by the German band Lacrimas Profundere.

Memorandum (film)

Memorandum is a one-hour 1965 documentary co-directed by Donald Brittain and John Spotton, following Bernard Laufer, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, on an emotional pilgrimage back to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Produced by John Kemeny for the National Film Board of Canada, the film received several awards including a Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival. Considered by many critics to be Brittain's finest work, the film’s title refers to Hitler’s memorandum about the “ final solution.”

A detailed analysis of the film's structure is available in Ken Dancyger's The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory and Practice.

Usage examples of "memorandum".

One morning in February, when Bibbs was alone, Sheridan came in, some sheets of typewritten memoranda in his hand.

He pulled the folder on insurance premiums out of his overstuffed file drawer, then checked his Memoranda from James Boulin Chartwell, III.

His success cemented his attachment to cryptanalysis, and he followed this demonstration of the low estate of high-level cryptography with a 100-page memorandum on the solution of American diplomatic codes.

One Friday, he sent a memorandum to the White House detailing the conversation.

Savage about the Feoffees Pageant had been undertaken by notes and memoranda.

But there were only small stories about the Lodestar raid and no mention of a confidential memorandum linking the President to insider trading.

At the warm and shining face of a French rotisserie he halted to compare the number enamelled on the transom with a memorandum in his hand.

Austria in 1809 had not been sufficiently well concealed from Napoleon, and from the awkward wording of Memorandum No.

His political articles and memoranda written in the revolutionary year 1848 attracted official attention.

Hitler realized, as he had told his generals in his memorandum of October 9, that Soviet neutrality could not be counted on forever.

CIA must bring presidentially authorized covert action Findings and Memoranda of Notification to the Intelligence committees, and it must detail its failures.

President Clinton signed a Memorandum of Notification authorizing the CIA to let its tribal assets use force to capture Bin Ladin and his associates.

August Memorandum of Notification, the CIA had already been working on new plans for using the Afghan tribals to capture Bin Ladin.

Memorandum of Notification instructed the CIA to capture Bin Ladin and to use lethal force only in self-defense.

February 1999,another draft Memorandum of Notification went to President Clinton.