agree·​ment | \ ə-ˈgrē-mənt How to pronounce agreement (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Most discussions and agreements made today start in a very hopeful vein but will hit a glitch., "Horoscope," 22 Jan. 2020 Some lawmakers are hopeful agreement can be reached on long-simmering, divisive issues, including possibly setting a new Alaska Permanent Fund dividend formula. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "PFD, budget, taxes: Alaska Legislature convenes with familiar issues to face," 22 Jan. 2020 Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the U.S. craft division of Molson Coors, has announced an agreement to acquire Atwater Brewery, one of Michigan's largest brewers widely known for its Dirty Blonde wheat ale and Vanilla Java Porter. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Atwater Brewery, Detroit's largest craft brewer, announces sale to Molson Coors," 22 Jan. 2020 Under opposition from the Trump administration, the U.S. has not yet ratified the agreement. Scientific American, "Closing the Ozone Hole Helped Slow Arctic Warming," 22 Jan. 2020 The 2022 ballot will include David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, who served a season-long suspension in 2014 for violations of the drug program and baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. Time, "Derek Jeter, Larry Walker Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame," 22 Jan. 2020 For reporters, the lottery’s refusal to release details of the SBTech agreement has been mystifying. oregonlive, "Oregon’s sports betting contractor sues lottery, state justice department, Oregonian to keep state contract secret," 21 Jan. 2020 To date London has signed trade continuity agreements with 12 African countries, to replace existing trade deals via the EU. Dominic Dudley, Quartz Africa, "The UK’s Africa summit offered lofty promises of commitment but not enough substance," 21 Jan. 2020 The Chandler Center for the Arts opened in 1989 and the city and school district still use the same agreement negotiated under Brooks’s leadership. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Former Chandler Mayor Jerry Brooks dies at 89," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2020

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“Agreement.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce agreement (audio) \

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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