noun agree·ment \ə-ˈgrē-mənt\

Definition of agreement

  1. 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.>

  2. 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>

  3. 3a :  a contract duly executed (see execute transitive 2) and legally bindingb :  the language or instrument (see 1instrument 4) embodying such a contract

Examples of agreement in a sentence

  1. Any changes to the plan require the agreement of everyone involved.

  2. There is wide agreement on this issue.

  3. They have been unable to reach agreement about how to achieve reform.

  4. I thought we had an agreement.

  5. Their agreement expires next year.

  6. He has to return the property under the terms of an agreement he has with the original owner.

  7. He signed an agreement to buy the property.

Origin and Etymology of agreement

see agree

First Known Use: 14th century

AGREEMENT Defined for English Language Learners


noun agree·ment \ə-ˈgrē-mənt\

Definition of agreement for English Language Learners

  • : 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

AGREEMENT Defined for Kids


noun agree·ment \ə-ˈgrē-mənt\

Definition of agreement for Students

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

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

  3. 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>

Law Dictionary


noun agree·ment

Legal Definition of agreement

  1. 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> Editor's 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).

  2. 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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