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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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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Such agreements have been used to force departments to overhaul training on the use of deadly force and to change practices regarding treatment of minorities. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Before Leaving, Sessions Limited Agreements to Fix Police Agencies," 9 Nov. 2018 Those patents were essential to wireless standards — and only accepted into the standards because of Qualcomm’s agreement to license to everyone. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Qualcomm must license patents to competing chipmakers, court rules," 6 Nov. 2018 Rosario: That's making different choices about yourself and what your expectations are for yourself, and what your commitments and agreements are for yourself. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson Go Deep on Intersectional Feminism," 8 Oct. 2018 According to reports, the royal family operates with a strange custody agreement when its couples have their own children, which states that, actually, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has full legal custody over the young royals. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Children, This Strange Royal Rule Will Make Things Complicated," 21 Aug. 2018 The state of Pennsylvania won a temporary agreement from Defense Distributed to prevent its citizens from downloading the files. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Those Controversial 3D-Printed Guns, Explained," 31 July 2018 There is agreement on a purchase price and the public hearing completed, so the transfer of the Riley Lumber property to the town appears imminent. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Riley Lumber Property Purchase In Sight," 14 July 2018 More than a year ago an agreement was reached for land to build in the middle of Overtown. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 They were paired with representatives from more than 300 Chinese businesses recruited as part of a 2013 agreement Chicago signed with eight major Chinese cities to improve trade and expand business. Bill Ruthhart,, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 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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