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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Recent Examples on the Web

Both Braun and Chan agree that the benefit for China of reaching an agreement is having access to Western markets. Bob Sellers, Fortune, "Here’s What It Would Take to Get to ‘Win-Win’ With China on Trade, Experts Say," 1 Sep. 2019 The two sides reached an agreement after the hospital dropped the new PTO tracking system and all health-care benefit cuts. oregonlive, "Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day," 1 Sep. 2019 Capital controls were introduced to avoid a run on the banks in 2015, when Greece failed to reach an agreement on extending its bail-out terms and was frozen out of international credit markets. The Economist, "Business this week," 31 Aug. 2019 After Split Lewis and Edward have reached an agreement regarding custody of Monroe in private arbitration after a tenuous few months, according to Lewis. Hannah Chubb,, "Jeff Lewis Pictured With New Boyfriend For the First Time Since Split from Gage Edward," 30 Aug. 2019 The Rockets on Friday reached agreement with guard Eric Gordon on a long-term contract extension, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets, Eric Gordon agree to 4-year contract extension," 30 Aug. 2019 Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, reached an agreement with EU leaders, but Britain's Parliament repeatedly rejected the terms. Author: Gregory Katz, Anchorage Daily News, "Boris Johnson faces mounting challenges to his Brexit strategy," 30 Aug. 2019 The Browns and the city also reached agreement on property taxes (the team will pay the entire amount) and an income tax credit. Linda G. Kramer,, "Mount Zion breaks ground for new church paid for by Cleveland Browns: Community Voices," 29 Aug. 2019 The letter came nearly a month after the city declared an impasse and said the two sides remain far apart on reaching an agreement. Sarah Ravani,, "Oakland workers stage ‘unity break’ to protest impasse in contract talks," 28 Aug. 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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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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