con·cur | \ kən-ˈkər , kän- \
concurred; concurring

Definition of concur 

intransitive verb

1a : to express agreement concur with an opinion

b : approve concur in a statement

2 : to act together to a common end or single effect

3 : to happen together : coincide

4 obsolete : to come together : meet

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Synonyms & Antonyms for concur


agree, coincide


differ, disagree

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agree, concur, coincide mean to come into or be in harmony regarding a matter of opinion. agree implies complete accord usually attained by discussion and adjustment of differences. on some points we all can agree concur often implies approval of someone else's statement or decision. if my wife concurs, it's a deal coincide, used more often of opinions, judgments, wishes, or interests than of people, implies total agreement. their wishes coincide exactly with my desire

Examples of concur in a Sentence

In Washington, Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, concurs that only a multinational solution can really work. —Peter Gumbel, Time, 20 Oct. 2008 "I'm fine for money, Dmitri," he responded casually. "My needs are very simple." "Yes," the Soviet concurred, a tinge of mystery in his voice, "you seem to lack for nothing … " —Erich Segal, The Class, (1985) 1986 For New York, to Mrs. Archer's mind, never changed without changing for the worse; and in this view Miss Sophy Jackson heartily concurred. —Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920 We concur that more money should be spent on education. “I think more time is needed.” “I concur.” Auntie Margaret doesn’t concur on that one. My mother expands, What was that woman thinking letting her daughter go to the store at eight o’clock at night? —“Part Twenty-six” P. 149, GIRLS OF TENDER AGE, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, Free Press, New York 2006 The sequence of events that resulted in Starr's referral followed from a similarly light-minded use of words. When Paula Jones brought a frivolous lawsuit against the President of the United States, the Supreme Court unanimously concurred in the opinion that any elitist distinction between a sitting president and a Washington cabdriver was anti-democratic. —"Notebook" P. 12, Lewis H. Lapham, HARPER'S MAGAZINE Vol. 297 No. 1782, November 1998
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However, the full committee has now concurred and released the official, unclassified summary of its initial findings. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Senate panel says Russia intervened in 2016 election to help Donald Trump, undercut Hillary Clinton," 3 July 2018 Karen Campos said the kids were happy and their eyes, looking at the generous amount of food put in front of their small faces, concurred. J. Harry Jones,, "Pizza and chicken wings for the homeless of Escondido," 15 June 2018 Last month British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson concurred. Hilary Mcgann, CNN, "Russia 2018: LGBT members face 'significant risk' at World Cup, UK Foreign Office warns," 8 June 2018 Shaw concurred that the plaintiff, who had the burden of proof, had failed to show that Baker didn't live in the home before the deadline. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Candidate allowed to stay on ballot in hotly contested West End race for Kentucky House," 23 Apr. 2018 Kavanaugh concurred with the majority opinion as the court sided with the FDA. Lev Facher, STAT, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s pick for court, has left trail of opinions on health care and pharma issues," 10 July 2018 Several specialists concurred after neurological tests. Washington Post, "Mother: Girl at center of debate over brain death dies," 28 June 2018 And, in fact, 32 of the top deans, scholars, and attorneys, government officials have concurred that the president's choice will be confirmed and put through. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 The other justices joined his opinion or concurred in part; none dissented. Jonathan Lai,, "How the U.S. Supreme Court's partisan gerrymandering non-decisions affect Pa.," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of concur

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for concur

Middle English concurren "to operate in concert, agree," borrowed from Latin concurrere "to assemble in haste, resort to in large numbers, collide, exist simultaneously, be in agreement," from con- con- + currere "to run, flow" — more at current entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of concur

: to agree with someone or something


con·cur | \ kən-ˈkər \
concurred; concurring

Kids Definition of concur

1 : to act or happen together … those measures of life, which nature and Providence concurred to present me with … —Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

2 : to be in agreement (as in action or opinion) : accord The two judges concurred.

con·cur | \ kən-ˈkər \
concurred; concurring

Legal Definition of concur 

1 : to happen at the same time

2 : to express agreement he shall have power…to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concurU.S. Constitution art. II specifically : to join in an appellate decision — compare dissent

Note: A judge or justice may concur with the decision of the court but not agree with the reasons set forth in the opinion. Often a separate opinion is written in such a case.

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