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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Details are unclear, since the companies are still arguing with each other over an indemnity agreement. Ed Silverman, STAT, 14 May 2022 Stravecky recommends that buyers protect themselves by having their agent shop for insurance immediately after signing an initial purchase agreement. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 14 May 2022 The leader of the United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, Michael Hamilton, and United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby called it an industry-leading agreement. Washington Post, 14 May 2022 The skirmish before the funeral revolved around an agreement reached by the family, Israeli police and Palestinian officials that called for the casket to be transported in a vehicle to the church funeral service. David S. Cloud And Fatima Abdulkarim, WSJ, 14 May 2022 That deal involved the board that runs the Cal Expo fair grounds, which inked an agreement with its food and beverage service company to build a new soccer stadium on fair grounds land. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Could this engender a broader national agreement, or are American motives suspect? Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2022 This is an agreement with a specialized incident response provider that entitles an organization to priority support from the provider should a breach occur. Lyndon Brown, Forbes, 13 May 2022 In 2021, the artist born Tiago Uriel Pacheco signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Sony Music Publishing U.S. Latin and, this year, a record deal with Warner Music Latina (through a partnership with indie Grand Move Records). Billboard Staff, Billboard, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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“Agreement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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 in King Arthur's Court



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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