dis·​agree | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈgrē How to pronounce disagree (audio) \
disagreed; disagreeing; disagrees

Definition of disagree

intransitive verb

1 : to fail to agree the two accounts disagree
2 : to differ in opinion he disagreed with me on every topic
3 : to cause discomfort or distress fried foods disagree with me

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disagree


differ, dissent, nonconcur


agree, assent, concur

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Examples of disagree in a Sentence

I think that I should sell my car, but he disagrees. the leader thought we were still headed north on the trail, but I disagreed

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Some brave fans even disagree with, well, the rest of the world. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey’s Anatomy' Fans Can’t Stop Sparring Over Meredith and DeLuca's Relationship," 7 Mar. 2019 Interestingly, Serpentessa doesn't entirely disagree. Marci Robin, Allure, "A New York Woman Is Giving Snake Massages With Live Boa Constrictors," 18 July 2018 The three European powers, which also signed the nuclear deal along with Russia and China, sharply disagree with the U.S. withdrawal and are working to keep the accord from unravelling. NBC News, "U.S. refuses European requests for exemptions from its new sanctions on Iran," 14 July 2018 Duane Jones as Ben in ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) Photo: Everett Collection Movie lovers may disagree about the film’s, and Romero’s, effect on popular culture. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "A Zombie Classic Gets a New Life," 23 Oct. 2018 Of course, some people may disagree with the policy and process. Robert Barnes, The Seattle Times, "Trump officials aggressively bypass appeals, seek relief from Supreme Court," 23 Oct. 2018 The city has said that the sale of the land will not be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision — but Kastely disagrees. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "City manager gives controversial Hays Street Bridge project the OK," 4 July 2018 While you are convinced that the two of you are meant to be together, your ex may disagree. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Vegas wedding leads to work email feud," 23 June 2018 Authorities disagreed and Herba was sentenced to 16 years and nine months in prison after being found guilty on Monday of abducting Ayling for ransom. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Model Was Lured to Italy, Drugged and Then Held for Ransom for Days by 'Psychopath'," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of disagree

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disagree

Middle English, to refuse assent, from Anglo-French desagreer, from des- dis- + agreer to agree

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The first known use of disagree was circa 1513

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English Language Learners Definition of disagree

: to have a different opinion : to fail to agree
: to be different
: to not be suitable for or pleasing to someone


dis·​agree | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈgrē How to pronounce disagree (audio) \
disagreed; disagreeing

Kids Definition of disagree

1 : to have different ideas or opinions We disagreed over the price.
2 : to be unlike each other : be different Their descriptions disagree.
3 : to make ill Fried foods disagree with me.

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