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

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 Wood said noise mitigation efforts and many of the concessions the team agreed to will be included in the development agreement. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 This time, however, European countries are no longer in broad agreement on the best path forward. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2021 Last week in Glasgow, the United States joined about 200 countries in an agreement to intensify efforts to keep average global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with preindustrial levels. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Some of these Republicans, mind you, are in essential agreement with her. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 18 Nov. 2021 The state law permits communities to opt out of its provisions, and, on Tuesday (Nov. 16), University Heights City Council’s Safety Committee was in agreement in saying no thanks to the new fireworks freedoms. cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 In a plea agreement, Curtis admitted to transferring millions of dollars intended for the care of a client into his own accounts, as well as creating fake financial statements in an effort to conceal the fraud, the release said. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 On Tuesday, most of the council members applauded AASEG’s community outreach and said a strong community benefits package and affordable housing would be needed in the final agreement. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2021 In a speech last month, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said China must be accountable for promises made in that agreement. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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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 in King Arthur's Court



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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