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[ uh-gree-muhnt ]


  1. the act of agreeing or of coming to a mutual arrangement.
  2. the state of being in accord.
  3. an arrangement that is accepted by all parties to a transaction.

    Synonyms: concurrence, accord, understanding

  4. a contract or other document delineating such an arrangement.
  5. unanimity of opinion; harmony in feeling:

    agreement among the members of the faculty.

  6. 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.
  7. Law.
    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.

    Synonyms: pact, treaty, settlement


/ əˈɡriːmənt /


  1. the act of agreeing
  2. a settlement, esp one that is legally enforceable; covenant; treaty
  3. a contract or document containing such a settlement
  4. the state of being of the same opinion; concord; harmony
  5. the state of being similar or consistent; correspondence; conformity
  6. Also calledconcord grammar 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


  1. 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.

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Other Words From

  • inter·a·greement noun
  • nona·greement noun
  • prea·greement noun
  • proa·greement adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of agreement1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English agrement, from Middle French, equivalent to agree + -ment

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Word History and Origins

Origin of agreement1

C14: from Old French

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

Such an agreement currently exists for pandemic influenza, Phelan notes, but not for any other kind of disease or vaccine.

After all, he and his appointees have reversed or defanged dozens of other environmental rules, practices, and international agreements during the last four years.

I agree with a lot of it…I heard Nancy Pelosi say she doesn’t want to leave until we have an agreement.

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This decision went hand-in-hand with a bipartisan agreement to offer all registered voters the chance to vote by mail-in absentee ballot or by dropping one off early, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

The good news is that California reached an agreement in August with the US Forest Service to boost these efforts, with a goal of treating a million acres per year for the next two decades.

Ronald Reagan approved the agreement and the USTR reviewed Korean practices through the end of his term.

In November 2014, that agreement was extended by four months, with some additional restrictions on Iran.

The agreement has three main points, all of which Iran has met, the IAEA says.

“The CIA has since paid out more than $1 million pursuant to the agreement,” the report notes.

Schettino also tried to enter a plea bargain agreement, which ultimately was rejected by the Grosseto court.

But no one in Spain and few in Manila as yet could foresee how the fulfilment of the Agreement would be bungled.

The commander of this fleet was an Englishman, according to the agreement between them.

By their agreement with the owner, the Company have the right of mining under an area of 185 acres, at a royalty of 6d.

I do not know that the agreement matters much for a few days up or down.

It therefore designates the act by which one enters into an agreement or a covenant with another.


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More About Agreement

What is a basic definition of agreement?

Agreement is the state or act of agreeing, meaning coming to a mutually approved arrangement. Agreement is also used to mean a deal in which all parties accept the conditions or a unity of opinion. Agreement has several other senses as a noun.

Agreement is the noun form of the verb agree, which means to be in harmony of feeling or opinion. Agreement, then, means the act of agreeing or a condition in which all people are content with a situation or what they must do. The opposite of agreement is disagreement.

  • Used in a sentence: I thought Jack’s plan was good and nodded my head in agreement with everything he said. 

In a similar sense, an agreement is a deal or arrangement in which all parties accept the terms. An agreement can be an unspoken pact or an actual legal document that has punishments if it isn’t followed.

  • Real-life examples: In a trade agreement between the United States and Canada, both countries must approve of what they sell to each other. You might come to an agreement with your friends to split the cost of a dinner. When renting a car, a customer will sign a rental agreement that outlines how much they will pay the lender if the car is damaged.
  • Used in a sentence: The United Nations negotiated a peace agreement between the two warring countries.

Where does agreement come from?

The first records of agreement come from around 1375. It ultimately comes from Middle French agrément. It combines the verb agree, meaning “to have the same views” or “to give consent ,” with the suffix -ment, that forms a noun describing a state (refreshment), a product (fragment), or a means (ornament).

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What are some other forms related to agreement?

  • disagreement (noun)
  • interagreement  (noun)
  • preagreement (noun)
  • proagreement (adjective)

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How is agreement used in real life?

Agreement is a common word that means an act of agreeing or a deal that all sides mutually agree to.

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Is agreement used correctly in the following sentence?

Every member of the club was in agreement, and so we all voted to donate money to the hospital.