agreement

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web

Apparently the non disclosure agreement is up, because Parents-in-law Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus just posted an overload of adorable family pictures from the big day. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Confirm Their Marriage With Adorable Wedding Photos on Instagram," 28 Dec. 2018 The government officially went into a partial shutdown last Friday at midnight after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement over funding for Trump’s border wall. Li Zhou, Vox, "Senators are getting paid during the government shutdown. Many low-wage contractors aren’t.," 27 Dec. 2018 The partial government shutdown began after President Donald Trump and Democrats failed to reach an agreement to continue funding operations. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Bald-eagle watching canceled, TSA employees at Sea-Tac Airport working on delayed pay. Federal government closure hits Washington," 24 Dec. 2018 Blue Origin has sought to work with ULA, reaching an agreement in 2014 to provide BE-4 rocket engines for the Vulcan booster. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "ULA chief Tory Bruno on competing with Blue Origin, SpaceX rocket landings," 12 Dec. 2018 Does a nondisclosure agreement still apply if everybody knows what’s not supposed to be disclosed? James Atlas, Town & Country, "The Year of the Celebrity Super Lawyer," 3 Dec. 2018 Erdogan recently reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin to pause a Syrian government offensive on the northern province of Idlib, the last major stronghold of the Syrian opposition. Fox News, "Turkey promises 'safe zones' in Kurdish-held parts of Syria," 24 Sep. 2018 On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Ford had reached an agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee to appear before them on Thursday. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Second Sexual Misconduct Allegation and a Possible Delay—The Latest in Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination," 24 Sep. 2018 Four accomplices named in Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement — Nadia Marcinkova, Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross and Lesley Groff — were also given immunity from federal prosecution. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 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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agreement

noun

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

agreement

noun
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

agreement

noun
agree·​ment

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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