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 clause] ‘I agree that consumers are always right’
    [with direct speech] ‘“Yes, it's dreadful, isn't it,” she agreed’
    • ‘Not everybody agrees, however, that song-swapping is causing the industry's woes.’
    • ‘By far the most dangerous form of transport, just about everybody agrees.’
    • ‘What the two would not have agreed on is the nature of the crisis afflicting Europe and the Western world.’
    • ‘We agreed on the main issue: that new technologies make it possible for this to be done.’
    • ‘This is the underlying issue which campaigners agree must be tackled in years to come.’
    • ‘Even if we were definite on the causes of global warming and agreed on a cure it could take centuries to reverse.’
    • ‘After all, does anyone go to a blog for a discussion of issues that most people agree on?’
    • ‘Not only that, but it can vehemently divide people who otherwise agree on most issues.’
    • ‘First, if everybody agreed about everything, there would be no need of politics.’
    • ‘Secondly, everybody agrees there needs to be a transfer of power as soon as is practical.’
    • ‘The one thing everybody agrees on is Lara's exceptional ability and concentration.’
    • ‘The study also found that most couples agreed on how many children they wanted to have.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He would grant complete artistic licence but only if they both agreed on a structured recording process.’
    • ‘When no two raters agreed on an item rating, the lack of agreement was recorded as such.’
    • ‘Then both agreed on the idea that it is an individuals' responsibility.’
    • ‘Nevertheless almost everybody agrees that a thought is produced when the brain neurons fire.’
    • ‘It was a solace for me when everybody agreed that I do not look so bad after all.’
    • ‘The two leaders agreed on the need to speed up efforts to resume a serious peace process.’
    • ‘Resident Jo agrees that environmental issues are important for the beachside seat.’
    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. 1.1agree with Approve of (something) with regard to its moral correctness.
      ‘do you agree with capital punishment?’
      • ‘I detest violence but for once, whilst I still didn't agree with it I could understand it.’
      • ‘Nick is not sure he agrees with the policy of excluding openly gay scoutmasters, and I find it a difficult issue myself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 personally do not agree with abortion unless there is no other alternative.’
      • ‘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'm not sure I entirely agree with his uncompromisingly conservative prescription.’
      • ‘It is not acceptable to say we agree with war if it is backed by the UN Security Council.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some grouped round leaders whose teachings and insights they accepted and agreed with, but many were solitary wanderers.’
      • ‘I have to say that I don't agree with this from a moral viewpoint.’
      • ‘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 sure you agree with this philosophy, despite how painful it must be in this case.’
      • ‘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'm not sure if I entirely agree with her views on the country, except to say that we both think it's just amazing.’
      agree with, hold with, endorse, support, back, uphold, subscribe to, recommend, advocate, second, express one's approval of, be in favour of, favour, think well of, like, look on with favour, give one's blessing to, tolerate, appreciate, countenance, take kindly to
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  • 2agree to" or "to do somethingConsent to do something that has been suggested by another person.

    ‘she had agreed to go and see a movie with him’
    • ‘The author agrees to give it a try - and at first it seems to be just what she needed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually the bank obtains security from the customer when it agrees to open the acceptance credit.’
    • ‘Mrs Martin agreed to take the suggestion to the town council and the youth council.’
    • ‘After a lengthy plea from a social worker, the judge reluctantly agrees to allow the boy to leave.’
    • ‘But at the end of the day, it's all about two people agreeing to do something and sticking with it.’
    • ‘By adding a comment on this post you are agreeing to abide by this set of standards.’
    • ‘By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions.’
    • ‘The good sister is far from sure about the merits of his assertion but she agrees to support his appeal for a pardon.’
    • ‘The seller is able to attract custom by agreeing to accept credit card payment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By agreeing to accept the gift, he is showing his willingness to be beholden to the donor.’
    • ‘She said she asked for an eye test and agreed to allow him to look at her back after she complained of back pain.’
    • ‘In need of company and cash, she reluctantly agrees to permit a film crew to shoot on her premises.’
    • ‘To avoid the authorities, he agrees to accompany an inventor to go around the world in 80 days.’
    • ‘He was a close part of Tony's crew until, busted by the Feds, he agreed to wear a wire.’
    • ‘I hate talking about money and so immediately agreed to pay the price they suggested.’
    • ‘I agreed to admit him to a side room on a general medical ward accompanied by a prison officer.’
    • ‘Anyway, he suggested we try another local butcher, and he has agreed to do the job for us.’
    consent, assent, accede
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    1. 2.1[no object] Reach agreement about (something), typically after a period of negotiation.
      ‘the commission agreed on a proposal to limit imports’
      [with object] ‘if they had agreed a price, the deal would have gone through’
      • ‘If the Cabinet agrees the recommendation it will mean that you and the other residents will need to move to another home.’
      • ‘As soon as all the charges are entered and agreed the work of settlement commences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It comes as no surprise to learn that all the parties are agreed on the proposals.’
      • ‘The meeting is a negotiation, to bring these different goals together and to agree them.’
      • ‘Eventually a compromise was agreed on, with a church wedding in Cyprus.’
      • ‘It was agreed that negotiations should take place with both contractors.’
      • ‘After negotiation, we agree a set of terms under which the autopsy will be performed.’
      • ‘Wiltshire County Council's Cabinet agreed the increases which will come into effect in April.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Make a record of the date you complained about the harassment, to whom you spoke, what was said and what action was agreed on.’
      • ‘Once the maps are agreed, action plans should be prepared to manage the environmental impact.’
      • ‘Once the value is agreed on, shuffle the deck and deal 5 cards to each player.’
      • ‘As nothing further could usefully be settled it was agreed that the meeting be closed.’
      • ‘The plan involves agreeing a pay rise for this year and continuing negotiations over wage increases for the next two years.’
      • ‘Current talks appear to revolve around agreeing a price.’
      • ‘The money comes on top of the three year settlements agreed last year.’
      • ‘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.’
      settle, decide, shake hands
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  • 3agree withBe consistent with.

    ‘your body language does not agree with what you are saying’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 writer made the verb agree with the subject’
      • ‘If the subject is nonnominative, the verb agrees with its nominative object.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus Voltaire: ‘The adjective is the enemy of the noun, though it agrees with it in number and gender.’’
      • ‘In such cases, proximity concord operates, the verb agreeing with the nearest noun.’
      • ‘Special care is needed to determine the subject and to make certain that the verb agrees with it.’
    2. 3.2[usually with negative] Be healthy or appropriate for someone.
      ‘she's eaten something that did not agree with her’
      • ‘Milk doesn't agree with me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For some reason the food and beer there just doesn't agree with me.’
      be agreeable to, be good for, be healthy for, be acceptable to, suit
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Usage

Note the distinction between agreeing to something like a plan, scheme, or project and agreeing with somebody: I agree to the repayment schedule suggested; Danielle agrees with Eric that we should all go hiking on Saturday; humid weather does not agree with me. The construction agree with is also used regarding two things that go together: that story does not agree with the facts; the verb must agree with the noun in person and number

Phrases

  • agree to differ

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

      • ‘And if reconciliation is impossible, agree to differ with grace.’
      • ‘A few left, but most agreed to differ and the congregation grew.’
      • ‘I stood my ground, and he stood his, and we agreed to differ, although he still remains a very good news source.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One issue they agree to differ on is the mock exams.’
      • ‘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 agreed to differ on many things and we also dealt with the issues that we should be dealing with.’
      • ‘And we now agree to differ on some of the points which he and I earlier had a debate about.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

agree

/əˈɡrē/