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 5) 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 As a part of the agreement, the companies will syndicate content across both platforms and will look to explore advertising opportunities collectively, according to the Wall Street Journal. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "BuzzFeed to acquire HuffPost from Verizon Media," 19 Nov. 2020 Bettman also proposed raising the escrow cap in each of the last three years of the labor agreement from 6% to 9%. Los Angeles Times, "Column: NHL may lose more games if league and players don’t agree to restart plan soon," 19 Nov. 2020 Once elected, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement, while the remaining nations ratified it. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Biden should reboot transatlantic ties," 19 Nov. 2020 All of the elements’ operations will be maintained by ESA as part of the agreement. Richard Tribou,, "Lunar Gateway’s studio apartment design moves forward," 19 Nov. 2020 North Korea is highly unlikely to agree to any sort of agreement that does not include maximal sanctions relief. CBS News, "Korea expert discusses advancements in North Korea's nuclear missile program," 18 Nov. 2020 But many details were still to be worked out, and the city of Flint and other defendants were not part of the agreement. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "City of Flint, other defendants agree to settle water lawsuit as total boosted to $641.2M," 18 Nov. 2020 The common council discussed the terms of the separation agreement in closed session for more than an hour Tuesday night. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah will be paid more than $125,000 as part of his separation package through 2021," 18 Nov. 2020 The common council discussed the terms of the separation agreement in closed session for more than an hour Tuesday night. Evan Casey, USA TODAY, "Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot three people in the last five years is resigning," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of agreement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 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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