Definition of agree in English:

agree

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Have the same opinion about something; concur.

    ‘I completely agree with your recent editorial’
    ‘we both agreed on issues such as tougher penalties for criminals’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘Yes, dreadful, isn't it,’ she agreed’
    • ‘Secondly, everybody agrees there needs to be a transfer of power as soon as is practical.’
    • ‘It was a solace for me when everybody agreed that I do not look so bad after all.’
    • ‘The one thing everybody agrees on is Lara's exceptional ability and concentration.’
    • ‘Even if we were definite on the causes of global warming and agreed on a cure it could take centuries to reverse.’
    • ‘First, if everybody agreed about everything, there would be no need of politics.’
    • ‘This is the underlying issue which campaigners agree must be tackled in years to come.’
    • ‘Not everybody agrees, however, that song-swapping is causing the industry's woes.’
    • ‘When no two raters agreed on an item rating, the lack of agreement was recorded as such.’
    • ‘By far the most dangerous form of transport, just about everybody agrees.’
    • ‘Resident Jo agrees that environmental issues are important for the beachside seat.’
    • ‘Not only that, but it can vehemently divide people who otherwise agree on most issues.’
    • ‘The idea they agreed on was that Ingram would slowly and precisely read out loud each of the four options when faced with a question.’
    • ‘The study also found that most couples agreed on how many children they wanted to have.’
    • ‘What the two would not have agreed on is the nature of the crisis afflicting Europe and the Western world.’
    • ‘Nevertheless almost everybody agrees that a thought is produced when the brain neurons fire.’
    • ‘He would grant complete artistic licence but only if they both agreed on a structured recording process.’
    • ‘Then both agreed on the idea that it is an individuals' responsibility.’
    • ‘The two leaders agreed on the need to speed up efforts to resume a serious peace process.’
    • ‘We agreed on the main issue: that new technologies make it possible for this to be done.’
    • ‘After all, does anyone go to a blog for a discussion of issues that most people agree on?’
    concur, be of the same mind, be of the same opinion, see eye to eye, be in sympathy, sympathize, be united, be as one man, accord
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    1. 1.1Approve of (something) with regard to its moral correctness.
      ‘I don't agree with random drugs testing in schools’
      • ‘I'm sure you agree with this philosophy, despite how painful it must be in this case.’
      • ‘I'm not disgusted by the exhibit but I don't agree with the message of moral equivalency.’
      • ‘She isn't at all sure she agrees with giving prizes for acting and believes the whole thing is nothing more than a marketing exercise.’
      • ‘It is not acceptable to say we agree with war if it is backed by the UN Security Council.’
      • ‘I'm not sure if I entirely agree with her views on the country, except to say that we both think it's just amazing.’
      • ‘I neither agreed with nor approved her methods or her language, but there was never any doubt about her passion and the depth of her conviction.’
      • ‘I have to say that I don't agree with this from a moral viewpoint.’
      • ‘The main reason for these groups to agree with abortion is the risk of damage to the woman's life or health if the pregnancy continues.’
      • ‘I personally do not agree with abortion unless there is no other alternative.’
      • ‘While agreeing with his position on abortion and child pornography, they are asking how they and their own organizations might fare under the new rules affecting civil liberties.’
      • ‘I detest violence but for once, whilst I still didn't agree with it I could understand it.’
      • ‘Some grouped round leaders whose teachings and insights they accepted and agreed with, but many were solitary wanderers.’
      • ‘It's not the least bit contradictory to give moral support for the forces, while not agreeing with the reasons for going to war.’
      • ‘I am not sure that I agree with the notion that no charge should be made for admission to York City Art Gallery.’
      • ‘I'm not sure I entirely agree with his uncompromisingly conservative prescription.’
      • ‘Nick is not sure he agrees with the policy of excluding openly gay scoutmasters, and I find it a difficult issue myself.’
  • 2Say that one will do something which has been suggested by another person.

    ‘she had agreed to go and see a movie with him’
    • ‘In need of company and cash, she reluctantly agrees to permit a film crew to shoot on her premises.’
    • ‘By adding a comment on this post you are agreeing to abide by this set of standards.’
    • ‘But at the end of the day, it's all about two people agreeing to do something and sticking with it.’
    • ‘The seller is able to attract custom by agreeing to accept credit card payment.’
    • ‘Mrs Martin agreed to take the suggestion to the town council and the youth council.’
    • ‘Anyway, he suggested we try another local butcher, and he has agreed to do the job for us.’
    • ‘She was so thrilled by the prospect of motherhood that Thorn follows the advice of a priest and agrees to accept an orphan child as his own.’
    • ‘I agreed to admit him to a side room on a general medical ward accompanied by a prison officer.’
    • ‘Magistrates cannot order that people be removed to hospital unless the hospital authority agrees to accept them.’
    • ‘The reading and questions end and the author agrees to sign anyone who arrived late, saying he'll stay as long as it takes.’
    • ‘He was a close part of Tony's crew until, busted by the Feds, he agreed to wear a wire.’
    • ‘She said she asked for an eye test and agreed to allow him to look at her back after she complained of back pain.’
    • ‘I hate talking about money and so immediately agreed to pay the price they suggested.’
    • ‘To avoid the authorities, he agrees to accompany an inventor to go around the world in 80 days.’
    • ‘After a lengthy plea from a social worker, the judge reluctantly agrees to allow the boy to leave.’
    • ‘Usually the bank obtains security from the customer when it agrees to open the acceptance credit.’
    • ‘The good sister is far from sure about the merits of his assertion but she agrees to support his appeal for a pardon.’
    • ‘By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions.’
    • ‘By agreeing to accept the gift, he is showing his willingness to be beholden to the donor.’
    • ‘The author agrees to give it a try - and at first it seems to be just what she needed.’
    consent, assent, accede
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    1. 2.1[with object]Reach agreement about (something) after negotiation.
      ‘if they had agreed a price the deal would have gone through’
      [no object] ‘the commission agreed on a proposal to limit imports’
      • ‘There is no money to be made out of the standards themselves, but a great deal to be lost if they are not agreed on by everyone.’
      • ‘Current talks appear to revolve around agreeing a price.’
      • ‘If the Cabinet agrees the recommendation it will mean that you and the other residents will need to move to another home.’
      • ‘Once the maps are agreed, action plans should be prepared to manage the environmental impact.’
      • ‘The money comes on top of the three year settlements agreed last year.’
      • ‘Wiltshire County Council's Cabinet agreed the increases which will come into effect in April.’
      • ‘After negotiation, we agree a set of terms under which the autopsy will be performed.’
      • ‘As nothing further could usefully be settled it was agreed that the meeting be closed.’
      • ‘It was agreed on Thursday that these groups should be persuaded to return homes.’
      • ‘Strikes have been put off until the end of February to give negotiators a chance to agree a deal.’
      • ‘Once the value is agreed on, shuffle the deck and deal 5 cards to each player.’
      • ‘The plan involves agreeing a pay rise for this year and continuing negotiations over wage increases for the next two years.’
      • ‘It was agreed that negotiations should take place with both contractors.’
      • ‘The meeting is a negotiation, to bring these different goals together and to agree them.’
      • ‘As soon as all the charges are entered and agreed the work of settlement commences.’
      • ‘It comes as no surprise to learn that all the parties are agreed on the proposals.’
      • ‘Eventually a compromise was agreed on, with a church wedding in Cyprus.’
      • ‘Make a record of the date you complained about the harassment, to whom you spoke, what was said and what action was agreed on.’
      • ‘It is denied that any fee was agreed on any of the three occasions identified by the Claimants.’
      • ‘In the present case they were the same, but the time for payment did not come till liability and amount were agreed or settled.’
  • 3Be consistent with.

    ‘your body language does not agree with what you are saying’
    • ‘The boy died of TB at the age of 10, which also agrees with the accepted history of the family, a history with which Anderson disagrees.’
    • ‘This agrees with my memory that it was in common usage among the teenage car mechanics that I admired as a ten-year-old in rural eastern Connecticut in 1957.’
    • ‘These data partially agree with our results but cannot be made completely consistent.’
    • ‘Although there is no indication that the gene region is gender-specific, which agrees with our result, natural odors have some relation to gender.’
    • ‘The form of the average simulated wave profile agrees with the analytic result with good accuracy, which demonstrates consistency of our approach.’
    • ‘String theory is false, because no consistent version of the theory exists or no version agrees with all experimental results.’
    match, match up, accord, correspond, conform, coincide, fit, tally, harmonize, be in harmony, be in agreement, be consistent, be compatible, be consonant, be congruous, be in tune, equate, be equivalent, dovetail, chime, correlate, be parallel
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    1. 3.1Grammar
      Have the same number, gender, case, or person as.
      ‘the verb agrees with the final noun’
      • ‘If the subject is nonnominative, the verb agrees with its nominative object.’
      • ‘In such cases, proximity concord operates, the verb agreeing with the nearest noun.’
      • ‘In the present tense construction, the verb agrees with the subject but not the object, hence the subject but not the object can be omitted.’
      • ‘Special care is needed to determine the subject and to make certain that the verb agrees with it.’
      • ‘Thus Voltaire: ‘The adjective is the enemy of the noun, though it agrees with it in number and gender.’’
    2. 3.2[usually with negative]Be healthy or appropriate for (someone)
      ‘she's eaten something which did not agree with her’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the job market doesn't appear to consistently agree with me.’
      • ‘This is a nice pink party dress, bought for our daughter's 2nd birthday party, but abandoned after 25 minutes of wear as the polyester didn't agree with my daughter's sensitive skin and began itching.’
      • ‘The climate there did not agree with the health of one of the children so they returned to Ireland after three years.’
      • ‘Milk doesn't agree with me.’
      • ‘For some reason the food and beer there just doesn't agree with me.’

Phrases

  • agree to differ

    • Cease to argue about something because neither party will compromise or be persuaded.

      • ‘One issue they agree to differ on is the mock exams.’
      • ‘A few left, but most agreed to differ and the congregation grew.’
      • ‘We agreed to differ on many things and we also dealt with the issues that we should be dealing with.’
      • ‘I stood my ground, and he stood his, and we agreed to differ, although he still remains a very good news source.’
      • ‘And if reconciliation is impossible, agree to differ with grace.’
      • ‘Perhaps the first step in creating a culture in which people are unafraid to speak out is to listen respectfully to each other's views, and be able to gracefully agree to differ where consensus is impossible.’
      • ‘I know passions tend to run high on this kind of subject, but can we all at least try to agree to differ and respect each other's paths?’
      • ‘We obviously can't just agree to differ on these kinds of questions.’
      • ‘In some of the best debates in parapsychology the proponents and critics have ended up simply agreeing to differ or failing to reach any agreement.’
      • ‘And we now agree to differ on some of the points which he and I earlier had a debate about.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French agreer, based on Latin ad- to + gratus pleasing.

Pronunciation:

agree

/əˈɡriː/