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mem·o·ran·dum

 (mĕm′ə-răn′dəm)
n. pl. me·mo·ran·dums or me·mo·ran·da (-də)
1. A short note written as a reminder.
2. A written record or communication, as in a business office. See Synonyms at letter.
3. Law
a. A short document outlining the terms of an agreement, especially as a draft leading to a formal, detailed contract: a memorandum of understanding.
b. A writing submitted to a court by a party arguing an aspect of a case; a brief.
c. A decision of an appellate court, particularly one that is not accompanied by any detailed explanation of the basis for the decision: a memorandum decision.
4. A business statement made by a consignor about a shipment of goods that may be returned.
5. A brief, unsigned diplomatic communication.

[Middle English, to be remembered (used as a manuscript notation), from Latin, neuter sing. gerundive of memorāre, to bring to remembrance; see memorable.]

memorandum

(ˌmɛməˈrændəm)
n, pl -dums or -da (-də)
1. (Communications & Information) a written statement, record, or communication such as within an office
2. a note of things to be remembered
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an informal diplomatic communication, often unsigned: often summarizing the point of view of a government
4. (Law) law a short written summary of the terms of a transaction
Often (esp for senses 1, 2) shortened to: memo
[C15: from Latin: (something) to be remembered]

mem•o•ran•dum

(ˌmɛm əˈræn dəm)

n., pl. -dums, -da (-də).
1. a short note designating something to be remembered.
2. a record or written statement of something.
3. a written message, esp. one sent between two or more employees of a company.
4. Law. a writing, usu. informal, containing the terms of a transaction.
5. (in diplomacy) a written summary of an issue, the reasons for a decision, etc.
6. a document transferring title to goods but authorizing their return to the seller at the option of the buyer.
[1400–50; < Latin, n. use of neuter of memorandus, gerundive of memorāre to mention, tell]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.memorandum - a written proposal or remindermemorandum - a written proposal or reminder  
note - a brief written record; "he made a note of the appointment"
aide-memoire, position paper - a memorandum summarizing the items of an agreement (used especially in diplomatic communications)

memorandum

noun
1. agreement, record, note, contract The solicitor drew up a memorandum of Ford's financial position.
2. note, minute, message, communication, reminder, memo, jotting He sent a memorandum to the members of the board.
Quotations
"A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer" [Dean Acheson]

memorandum

noun
A brief record written as an aid to the memory:
Informal: memo.
Translations
مُذَكِّرَه، تَذْكيرمُذَكِّرَه،مُفَكَّرَه
poznámkazápis
memorandumnotat
athugasemd, minnispunkturskrifleg skilaboî, orîsending
memorandumaspastaba atminimuiužrašas atminimui
apkārtrakstspaziņojumspiezīme atmiņai
memorandum

memorandum

[ˌmeməˈrændəm] N (memorandums or memoranda (pl)) [ˌmeməˈrændə]memorándum m; (= personal reminder) → apunte m, nota f

memorandum

[ˌmɛməˈrændəm] [memoranda] [ˌmɛməˈrændə] (pl) n
(= memo) → note f (de service)
(= formal communication) → mémorandum m
a memorandum on sth → un mémorandum sur qch

memorandum

n pl <memoranda>
(in business) → Mitteilung f; (= personal reminder)Notiz f, → Vermerk m
(Pol) → Memorandum nt

memorandum

[ˌmɛməˈrændəm] n (memoranda (pl)) (gen) → promemoria m inv (Diplomacy, Comm) → memorandum m inv; (within company) → comunicazione f interna or di servizio

memorandum

(meməˈrӕndəm) plurals ˌmemoˈrandums ~ˌmemoˈranda (-də) (often abbreviated to memo (ˈmemou) plural ˈmemos) – noun
1. a note to help one to remember. He wrote a memo; (also adjective) a memo pad.
2. a written statement about a particular matter, often passed around between colleagues. a memorandum on Thursday's meeting.

memorandum

n. memorando, nota.
References in classic literature ?
I propose to place myself under the protection of a justice of the peace; and this is a memorandum of my statement.
Lady Lundie was too deeply absorbed in completing her memorandum to be conscious of his presence in the room.
I made,' he said, turning the leaves: 'I made a guiding memorandum or so--as I usually do, for I have no conversational powers whatever--to which I will, with your permission, my dear, refer.
Rosa felt what his next memorandum would prove to be, and was blushing and folding a crease in her dress with one embarrassed hand, long before he found it.
I mean a note of the terms--a memorandum of what he is expected to do.
These instructions were followed by the name and address of Pesca's employer in Portland Place--and there the note, or memorandum, ended.
You will, though,' the Queen said, 'if you don't make a memorandum of it.
His experience in such matters told him that Rosanna was in all probability carrying about her a memorandum of the hiding-place, to guide her, in case she returned to it, under changed circumstances and after a lapse of time.
Did the gentleman happen to say, Sir--but never mind that at present, sir; finish that little memorandum first.
Here are two letters from Count Nostitz and here is one from His Highness the Archduke Ferdinand and here are these," he said, handing him several papers, "make a neat memorandum in French out of all this, showing all the news we have had of the movements of the Austrian army, and then give it to his excellency.
Certain, therefore, of finding the rather voluminous memorandum which he had seen, together with its copy, in some corner of the study, he searched through the boxes one after another until he finally came upon the fatal list.
Ladislaw," he continued, aloud, "just hand me the memorandum of the schedules.