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 Celsius is the more stringent of two limits set in 2015 by world leaders in the Paris climate change agreement. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "UN report: Climate change continues 'unabated' despite COVID-19 lockdowns," 11 Sep. 2020 Celsius is the more stringent of two limits set in 2015 by world leaders in the Paris climate change agreement. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit," 9 Sep. 2020 As reported by The Undefeated, Kaepernick was removed from Madden NFL because he was not included in the licensing agreement as negotiated through the NFL Players Association. Nick Romano,, "Colin Kaepernick returns to Madden NFL game series for first time since 2016," 8 Sep. 2020 Additional benefits for the city of Scottsdale are also included in the agreement. Joshua Iversen, The Arizona Republic, "LG Twins Korean baseball team reaches agreement to train in Scottsdale," 6 Sep. 2020 By mid-July, Cisterra was insisting on a closing date no later than Jan. 28, 2017 — the latest date allowed in Cisterra’s marketing agreement with Shapery. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Accusations boil over in Ash Street deal following TV news report," 4 Sep. 2020 In the 2015 Paris climate agreement, most of the world’s countries resolved to limit climate warming to below 2°C. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 3 Sep. 2020 A week before school doors were supposed to open, New York City, the largest school district in the country, pushed back the start of the semester in an agreement with teachers' unions. Bianna Golodryga, CNN, "There's one lesson for schools in the pandemic -- there are no easy answers," 2 Sep. 2020 One exception in the legislation would have allowed workers to be paid a piece rate if it was settled on in a collective bargaining agreement. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, "Apparel industry wage-reform bill dies in Assembly after failing to come up for a vote," 1 Sep. 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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13 Sep 2020

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“Agreement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 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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