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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Ross, Moradi’s attorney, said Brees never solidified this agreement in writing. (courtesy Kevin F. Rooney), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brees said he paid too much for diamonds from a jeweler he trusted," 11 June 2019 Those planes were intended for Indian airline Jet Airways via various sales agreements. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Boeing reports no orders for second straight month," 11 June 2019 Relativity Space has signed an agreement with NASA to convert a large industrial building in southern Mississippi into what may become the world's first autonomous rocket factory. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Where will the world’s first autonomous rocket factory be built? Mississippi," 11 June 2019 But Trump announced an agreement with Mexico late last week and delayed the tariffs for the time being. Thomas Beaumont And Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, "Biden and Trump head to Iowa in a potential 2020 preview," 11 June 2019 The Arizona Attorney General’s Office last year investigated two Tempe development agreements following a complaint from then-State Rep. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, who alleged the tax breaks were inappropriate. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe plans tax incentive for downtown land in Farmer Arts District," 10 June 2019 Henry's father, Henry VII, supported Philip's control of Castile over Ferdinand, and his power may in part have influenced Ferdinand's agreement to cede Castile in favor of military and monetary support. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Catherine of Aragon's Sister, Juana la Loca, Really Like?," 10 June 2019 Russia and Germany signed an agreement in 2007 with launch penciled in for 2012. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Telescope designed to study mysterious dark energy keeps Russia’s space science hopes alive," 10 June 2019 And the United States under president Donald Trump is giving up on arms control agreements and preparing to invest in more missiles and missile defenses. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The world is heading for a new missile arms race," 9 June 2019

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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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