verb con·cur \ kən-ˈkər , kän- \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of concur

concurred; concurring
1 a : 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

Examples of concur in a Sentence

  1. In Washington, Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, concurs that only a multinational solution can really work. —Peter GumbelTime20 Oct. 2008
  2. "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 SegalThe Class(1985) 1986
  3. 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 WhartonThe Age of Innocence1920
  4. We concur that more money should be spent on education.

  5. “I think more time is needed.” “I concur.”

  6. 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

  7. 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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Origin and Etymology of concur

Middle English concurren, from Latin concurrere, from com- + currere to run — more at car

Synonym Discussion of concur

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

CONCUR Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of concur for English Language Learners

  • : to agree with someone or something

CONCUR Defined for Kids


verb con·cur \ kən-ˈkər \

Definition of concur for Students

concurred; concurring
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.

Word Root of concur

The Latin word currere, meaning “to run,” and its form cursus give us the roots curr and curs. Words from the Latin currere have something to do with running. A current is the direction in which a river runs or flows. When two people concur, their ideas or opinions run together in agreement. A course is the path over which something moves or runs.

Law Dictionary


intransitive verb con·cur \ kən-ˈkər \

legal Definition of concur

concurred; concurring
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 concur
  • U.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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