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/ əˈgri mənt /
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Origin of agreement

1375–1425; late Middle English agrement<Middle French. See agree, -ment

synonym study for agreement

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.


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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for agreement

/ (əˈɡriːmənt) /


Word Origin for agreement

C14: from Old French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for agreement


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