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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Synonyms & Antonyms for agreement


accord, concurrence, concurrency, consensus, unanimity, unison


conflict, disagreement

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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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Yes, Schnatter's donor agreement with the university provides him an exclusive right to request name changes at the stadium his pizza dough helped build. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Bendapudi manages first University of Louisville crisis magnificently," 13 July 2018 These questions assume fresh urgency now that Evanston’s City Council will consider an agreement with the Lighthouse Dunes group on July 23. Blair Kamin,, "Evanston plan to demolish Harley Clarke mansion: Public vision or hidden agendas?," 13 July 2018 Thigpen declined to comment on his role in crafting the non-disclosure agreements with the former employees. Katherine Peralta And Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Longtime Carolina Panthers attorney fired," 12 July 2018 Los Angeles entered a bid for 2024 and a year ago accepted the 2028 Games as part of an agreement with the IOC and Paris to award two hosts at the same time. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "USOC names new CEO at critical time for Olympic movement," 12 July 2018 The four-phase road expansion, paid for by CalAtlantic Homes (a Black Mountain Ranch developer), is part of an agreement with the City of San Diego due to the increase of traffic generated by the development of the Del Sur neighborhood. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Road improvements coming to Rancho Bernardo Road," 11 July 2018 The agreement with the State Board of Education says that after investigating, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell found that probable cause existed to start the revocation process. Kathleen Megan,, "Former Odyssey Principal Surrenders Educator Certificate Following State Investigation," 10 July 2018 After wrangling over the numbers, last week the elections board and the MVA came to agreement on the total number of voter information changes that weren’t properly transmitted — 83,493. Michael Dresser,, "Thousands of Maryland voters may have skipped primary because of MVA election error," 13 July 2018 Any closer to an agreement with Mueller of some kind of limited questions? Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 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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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 \

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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to reject or criticize sharply

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