I attended a meeting and now I'd like to refer to the points discussed in it. I initially thought the term to be used in this context is "agenda". However, according to the Cambridge dictionary, "agenda" refers only to the list of matter that will be discussed.

A list of matters to be discussed at a meeting.

It's not clear to me if one can also use "agenda" to refer to the list of items that were indeed discussed in a previous meeting. Maybe the agenda for the meeting was one, but the attendees actually ended up discussing more (or different) things. Can I use "agenda" to refer to the actual points that were discussed, or is there another word for this purpose?

  • 'Additions to last week's agenda' / 'the agenda as revised during the last meeting'. Feb 20, 2018 at 11:11
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    The record of previous meetings is usually called the 'minutes'. One can refer to one's own record of a meeting as 'my minutes' or refer to official recording as 'the minutes'. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/minutes
    – Nigel J
    Feb 20, 2018 at 13:21

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The agenda is what we plan to discuss.

The minutes report what we actually did discuss. The term really means the official written record of the meeting, and with most important groups or boards, becomes a legal document. If you are looking for a totally informal term, there isn't one that I know of. Just say "We talked about ships, shoes and sealing-wax, but didn't decide what to do about any of them."

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