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 If no agreement is reached on spending, crucial parts of government such as the Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration would continue to function. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 There have been numerous references to past legislative victories as the rationale for why an agreement will eventually be reached here. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 The agreement was reached in the wake of the police shooting of Timothy Thomas and the 2001 civil unrest that followed. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 22 Sep. 2021 For decades, both had called No Limits, Texas, home, but an agreement could never be reached. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 About 200 passengers were headed to Doha, Qatar after an agreement was reached with the Taliban, which now controls the airports. Christopher Keating,, 9 Sep. 2021 The parties entered an impasse when an agreement could not be reached. Kristen Griffith,, 8 Sep. 2021 Since a preliminary agreement was reached in the lawsuit, about 1 million people have registered to vote online for the first time. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 In 2017, an agreement was reached to settle for less than $30 million. Eloise Barry, Time, 25 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'agreement.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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 in King Arthur's Court



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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