Is there a word to use in business setting that is not as intense as "focus"?

I am trying to communicate in a header/subject line that a meeting will include discussing a specific topic, but I also want to communicate, in the same header/subject line, that the meeting might not focus exclusively on the specific topic because we may or may not discuss at least one other topic.

For example, I am trying to say "Meeting [INSERT WORD THAT IS NOT AS INTENSE AS "FOCUS"] on [INSERT SPECIFIC TOPIC]".

Thanks in advance for your help!

  • I would go with cover – JonLarby Mar 21 '18 at 19:02
  • Focus in not too intense IMHO – lbf Mar 21 '18 at 19:09
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    "addressing" is another word .. with a flavor of aiming for some resolution . However, whether focus, cover or addressing, or others, to some degree if you only mention one item, unless you use some word like "including" or "as well as normal business" or somthing there is an implication that the meeting is "focused" on the one item alone .. in my opinion at least – Tom22 Mar 21 '18 at 19:11
  • "Weekly staff meeting including discussion of parking spot allocation" ? – Tom22 Mar 21 '18 at 19:13
  • so you want to hammer topic A but avoid alarming the parties to the issue? – lbf Mar 21 '18 at 21:20

concerning freedictionary

"Meeting concerning X and time permitting Y and Z"


"Meeting concerning X and time permitting other business"

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    The operative word here is “primarily”. Whether the meeting concerns primarily X or focuses primarily on X doesn’t really matter. – Jim Mar 21 '18 at 21:07
  • @Jim seeking your advice: Meeting concerning X and time permitting, Y and Z" OR Meeting concerning X and other usual business. – lbf Mar 21 '18 at 21:16
  • Dunno, are Y and Z “other usual business” or are they just other topics to be covered, time permitting? – Jim Mar 21 '18 at 21:19

I suggest "re" or "regarding". Collins Thesaurus (via thefreedictionaries.com) provides an entry for "re":

preposition concerning, about, regarding, respecting, with regard to, on the subject of, in respect of, with reference to, apropos, anent (Scot.) Re: household insurance.

I’ve always taken "Re:" to be an abbreviation of "regarding".


"regarding,""concerning", "re' with or without a colon or stop, are all very old-fashioned management-speak, and have been ridiculed as such, rightly, in works such as Fowler for many years.

Just use plain English: meeting to discuss [topic].

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