agree·ment | \ ə-ˈgrē-mənt \

Definition of agreement 

1a : harmony of opinion, action, or character : concord There is widespread agreement on this issue.

b : the act or fact of agreeing She nodded her head in agreement.

2a : an arrangement as to a course of action reached an agreement as to how to achieve their goal

b : compact, treaty a trade agreement

3a : a contract duly executed (see execute sense transitive 2) and legally binding

b : the language or instrument (see instrument entry 1 sense 4) embodying such a contract

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Synonyms & Antonyms for agreement


accord, concurrence, concurrency, consensus, unanimity, unison


conflict, disagreement

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Examples of agreement in a Sentence

Any changes to the plan require the agreement of everyone involved. There is wide agreement on this issue. They have been unable to reach agreement about how to achieve reform. I thought we had an agreement. Their agreement expires next year. He has to return the property under the terms of an agreement he has with the original owner. He signed an agreement to buy the property.
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In April, 43 Cambodians were deported to Phnom Penh, the largest group to be sent back under a 2002 bilateral agreement. Laignee Barron, Time, "U.S. Imposes Visa Sanctions on Myanmar and Laos Over Their Refusal to Accept Deportees," 11 July 2018 Under an agreement with the Yankees, the city, through Bronx Parking, was required to provide 9,500 parking spaces for baseball games. New York Times, "Hunt for New York City F.C.’s Stadium Site Is Back Where It Began: the Bronx," 11 July 2018 Under the plea agreement, Santana would plead guilty to one count false statements and two counts stalking, all felonies. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Ex-NAU professor accused of stalking hotshot fire crew members takes plea deal," 10 July 2018 Under the agreement, the village will give the land to developers Joseph Billitteri and Eva Losacco of 811 Main Street Apts LLC as a grant, and waive water and sewer improvement fees and impact fees. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee gives land to developers planning to build apartment buildings," 10 July 2018 Under the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, most countries agreed to set goals for their efforts to adapt to climate impacts. The Christian Science Monitor, "Thai cave rescue: a metaphor on climate adaptation," 9 July 2018 Covering opeerations can continue a half-hour past that time, under the agreement. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin extends landfill hours to accommodate John's Disposal after fire at Racine County plant," 6 July 2018 Under the agreement, UConn will specify the terms of the insurance and Seven Stars will pay the premium up to a total cost of $250,000. Kathleen Megan,, "UConn Trustees Approve Sale Of West Hartford Campus to Financial Tech Company," 6 July 2018 Low-yield nuclear bombs or cruise missiles don’t fall under that agreement. Alex Ward, Vox, "The most important part of the Trump-Putin summit no one is talking about," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of agreement

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for agreement

Middle English agrement, borrowed from Anglo-French agreement, agrément, from agreer "to please, consent, agree" + -ment -ment

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English Language Learners Definition of agreement

: the act of agreeing

: a situation in which people share the same opinion : a situation in which people agree

: an arrangement, contract, etc., by which people agree about what is to be done


agree·ment | \ ə-ˈgrē-mənt \

Kids Definition of agreement

1 : the act or fact of having the same opinion or an understanding There is widespread agreement on the matter.

2 : the act or fact of giving approval or permission Any changes to the rules require the agreement of all the players.

3 : an arrangement by which people agree about what is to be done We fixed up an agreement whereby I was to go with him. —Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee



Legal Definition of agreement 

1a : the act or fact of agreeing by mutual agreement

b : unity of opinion, understanding, or intent especially : the mutual assent of contracting parties to the same terms if they reach agreement

Note: Under common law, agreement is a necessary element of a valid contract. Under Uniform Commercial Code section 1-201(3), agreement is the bargain of the contracting parties as represented explicitly by their language or implicitly by other circumstances (as a course of dealing).

2a : an expression (as a settlement, covenant, or contract) of the intent or willingness of two or more parties to bind at least one to terms usually determined by negotiation an agreement must be sufficiently definite before a court can enforce it —J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

b : the language or instrument embodying such an expression

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