disagree

verb

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

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Biden has often called governors of both parties in the immediate aftermath of disasters, at times earning praise from Republicans who otherwise disagree with his policies. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 But these are topics that real humans might conceivably disagree on. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 20 Jan. 2023 Lisa writes: My son and I disagree about bagel flavors. John Hodgman, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 These ideas lean socialist, which some disagree with, but his focus was ensuring that opportunities were equally available for all who want them. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 17 Jan. 2023 Workplace conflict is inevitable in leadership ranks and can even be valuable when executives openly debate, share ideas, and disagree to drive results. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2023 The historic climate policies in the Inflation Reduction Act which the United States passed last year, for instance, could deliver significant emissions cuts, though experts disagree on exactly how much. Dharna Noor, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023 Whether Simmons — a five-star edge rusher who may go down as one of the Dallas-area’s best all-time defensive players — ever ends up signing with TCU isn’t entirely relevant at this moment (as much as giddy TCU fans may disagree). Dallas News, 9 Jan. 2023 Still, the inconclusive data and ambiguity of the Cali sober lifestyle leave room for addiction specialists to disagree about its efficacy. Theara Coleman, The Week, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disagree was circa 1513

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Cite this Entry

“Disagree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disagree. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

disagree

verb
dis·​agree ˌdis-ə-ˈgrē How to pronounce disagree (audio)
1
: to fail to agree
the two stories disagree
2
: to differ in opinion
disagree over the price
3
: to have an unpleasant effect
fried foods disagree with me

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