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 Despite the popularity of autofiction and the many books that have been so labeled, there is not much agreement on the core features of autofiction beyond the autobiographical requirement (and even that is up for debate). Tope Folarin, The New Republic, "Can a Black Novelist Write Autofiction?," 27 Oct. 2020 On Tuesday, India and the United States signed the final such agreement — the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, or BECA — on the sharing of geospatial intelligence. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "With eye on China, India and the U.S. sign accord to deepen military ties," 27 Oct. 2020 Wheeler, speaking during a news conference at City Hall, said local, state and federal authorities have been working to establish a mutual aid agreement to address potential violence or disruptions on election night, which is a week from Tuesday. oregonlive, "Plan to be announced for policing potential unrest on election night, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says," 26 Oct. 2020 The four-year agreement, which is effective immediately, also provides rooms for breastfeeding mothers, reduces employees' insurance premiums and keeps nurses' rights to daily overtime. Stephen Singer,, "Backus Hospital nurses overwhelmingly ratify 4-year contract that boosts pay, provides new face mask policy," 22 Oct. 2020 The sum is substantially higher than the amount allocated to operations under the previous agreement, which expired earlier this year. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposed Balboa Park Tram service agreement will cost city $3.3M over next 5 years," 22 Oct. 2020 The agreement, which has not been published, gives both sides a say in appointing bishops in China. John Follain,, "Vatican, China Renew Accord on Bishops Despite U.S. Pressure," 22 Oct. 2020 The Holy See and Beijing government jointly announced a two-year extension to the 2018 agreement, which expired Thursday. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Vatican, China extend bishop agreement over US opposition," 22 Oct. 2020 The mayor’s potential power lies in the language of the lease agreement, which is a public document. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Clause in Citi Field Lease Could Impede Steve Cohen’s Mets Purchase," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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31 Oct 2020

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“Agreement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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