Meaning of memorandum in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛməˈrandəm/

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nounplural noun memoranda/mɛməˈrandə/ , plural noun memorandums

  • 1A written message in business or diplomacy.

    ‘he told them of his decision in a memorandum’
    • ‘A march held last week handed over a memorandum to business and government, demanding a halt to job losses.’
    • ‘The chairman of the multilateral talks, Pierre Girard, a Swiss diplomat, circulated a memorandum Tuesday to member states to reconvene the meeting, according to the sources.’
    • ‘His involvement in high politics started in 1584, when he wrote his first political memorandum, A Letter of Advice to Queen Elizabeth.’
    • ‘Government has approved a Cabinet memorandum to turn the National Council for Construction into a statutory body.’
    • ‘After it was over, the focus-group research company ground out a report, which was then incorporated into memoranda at the client company and the advertising agency.’
    message, communication, note, email, letter, epistle, missive
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    1. 1.1A note recording something for future use.
      ‘the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation’
      • ‘Government agencies will sign a memorandum of understanding to commit to the plan, and a committee will make regular reports to the community.’
      • ‘The department and the municipality have signed a memorandum of understanding identifying an urgent need for relocation, provision and supply of decent houses to flood victims.’
      • ‘He and Paek on Saturday also signed a memorandum of understanding that will establish a regular consultation mechanism between their countries' foreign ministries.’
      • ‘The group is believed to have signed a memorandum of understanding with an aircraft company for the provision of aircraft.’
      • ‘Several of Johannesburg's agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding to support a City strategy aimed at creating an investor-friendly environment.’
      record, minute, note, contract, agreement
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    2. 1.2Law A document recording the terms of a contract or other legal details.
      ‘articles of association must be signed by subscribers to the memorandum’
      • ‘This memorandum specified a lease term of one year with no provision for any option to renew.’
      • ‘Certainly the borrower will be liable for them since the information memorandum is its document, designed to be distributed to potential members of the syndicate.’
      • ‘No written contract had been executed between the two merging companies, only a four- or five-page memorandum recorded the basic terms, and that went unsigned.’
      • ‘Did you need to lodge a certificate of title with a memorandum of lease to effect its registration?’
      • ‘Because the memorandum and articles of the company are public documents, filed with the registrar of companies, the courts treated the public as knowing their contents, even if they had not read them.’


Late Middle English from Latin, literally ‘something to be brought to mind’, gerundive of memorare. The original use was as an adjective, placed at the head of a note of a record made for future reference.