agreement

noun
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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The agreement also required Musk's social media utterances to go through the company lawyers before they could be posted, Forbes says. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Hits Back After SEC Tries to Hold Him in Contempt," 26 Feb. 2019 On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Acosta’s team broke the law by concealing the agreement from more than 30 girls who said they were abused by Epstein, Brown reports. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Through the agreement, Spaceflight will offer dedicated rideshare launch opportunities on the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle and work with Firefly to identify payloads where the rocket has excess capacity. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 According to its website, the goal is to make the Paris agreement — a plan to confront global warming and achieve climate neutrality — a reality. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "15-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg Schooled World Leaders on Climate Change at a United Nations Summit," 5 Dec. 2018 The arrangement that the president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, made with the Mueller team has just gone down the toilet, since Manafort has been caught in a web of lies, violating the original agreement. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Tough Times For Individual One," 2 Dec. 2018 The agreement suggests that Stephen's conduct may date to his time coaching another youth team called the Mavericks, a program that merged to form the Barnstormers in 2005. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 There are no international agreements that prohibit the country from developing its own space rockets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iranian Satellite Launch, Seen by Some as Cover for Missile Research, Fails," 15 Jan. 2019 The bride and groom come into a room before the ceremony and sign something that’s called the ketubah, which is a Jewish wedding agreement. Anonymous, Glamour, "What I Wore to Get Divorced," 29 Nov. 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 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

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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