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 Jennifer Hernandez, 58, was sentenced to time served with no probation as part of her plea agreement. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Woman pleads guilty to trespassing at CIA in search of 'Agent Penis'," 5 Feb. 2020 Morris Berger will receive an amount not to exceed $80,000 for his resignation, along with an additional $10,000 for his loss of benefits, according to his resignation agreement dated Jan. 30 and obtained by the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Grand Valley assistant coach to get full salary after resignation for Hitler remark," 4 Feb. 2020 In late December, Marian Group withdrew from its agreement with the city. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about controversial Paristown Pointe development after neighborhood meeting," 29 Jan. 2020 Koh applied for the clinic's free legal services and within a week, a small fleet of law students were poring over her agreement. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Meet the UCLA Program That Offers Free Legal Services to Indie Artists, Labels," 27 Jan. 2020 As part of their plea agreements, Williamson and Veach admitted to conspiring to have members of the Local 395 beat up non-union workers at the church job site. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana union officials plead guilty to federal charges in beating of non-union workers," 25 Jan. 2020 Australia’s goal under the Paris agreement is to reduce emissions to 26-28% below the level of 2005 by 2030. The Economist, "Australia expresses pride in its dismal record on greenhouse gases," 23 Jan. 2020 And six more at $2 million-plus just went under agreement. Real Estate, "Luxury in the Burbs: What about $3 million gets you," 22 Jan. 2020 Half of Reinbold’s majority colleagues, including the leadership of the group, interpreted their agreement differently. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska Legislature opens, Senate majority cracks along dividend lines," 22 Jan. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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