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[uh-gree-muh nt] /əˈgri mənt/
the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement.
the state of being in accord.
an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction.
a contract or other document delineating such an arrangement.
unanimity of opinion; harmony in feeling:
agreement among the members of the faculty.
Grammar. correspondence in number, case, gender, person, or some other formal category between syntactically connected words, especially between one or more subordinate words and the word or words upon which they depend; selection by one word of the matching formal subclass, or category, in another word syntactically construed with the first.
  1. an expression of assent by two or more parties to the same object.
  2. the phraseology, written or oral, of an exchange of promises.
Origin of agreement
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English agrement < Middle French. See agree, -ment
Related forms
interagreement, noun
nonagreement, noun
preagreement, noun
proagreement, adjective
3. understanding, accord, concurrence. 8. settlement, treaty, pact.
Synonym Study
3.Agreement, bargain, compact, contract all suggest a binding arrangement between two or more parties. Agreement ranges in meaning from mutual understanding to binding obligation. Bargain applies particularly to agreements about buying and selling but also to haggling over terms in an agreement. Compact applies to treaties or alliances between nations or to solemn personal pledges. Contract is used especially in law and business for such agreements as are legally enforceable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for agreement
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  • This is the eternal agreement, but an agreement of which we find it difficult to accept the terms.

  • But the confident tone brought no response of agreement from Mary.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And on the way out he lived up to the letter of their agreement.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • WE tried to make some plans, but we couldn't come to no agreement.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Now, where there is an et cetera in an agreement, there is always an opening for dispute.

British Dictionary definitions for agreement


the act of agreeing
a settlement, esp one that is legally enforceable; covenant; treaty
a contract or document containing such a settlement
the state of being of the same opinion; concord; harmony
the state of being similar or consistent; correspondence; conformity
(grammar) Also called concord. the determination of the inflectional form of one word by some grammatical feature, such as number or gender, of another word, esp one in the same sentence
Word Origin
C14: from Old French
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Word Origin and History for agreement

late 14c., "mutual conformity of things;" c.1400, "mutual understanding" (among persons), also (of things) "mutual conformity," from Old French agrement, noun of action from agreer "to please" (see agree).

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agreement in Culture

agreement definition

A requirement for parts of a sentence in standard written English; the parts must agree, for example, in number and person.

The subject and verb of a clause or simple sentence must agree in person, as in “He is a boy.” The subject, he, and the verb, is, are both in the third person. The subject and verb also must agree in number, as in “We are girls.” The subject, we, and the verb, are, are both plural.

Nouns and pronouns must also agree in number, person, and gender as in “Every boy must mind his manners.” The noun boy and the pronoun his are both singular, both in the third person, and both masculine.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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