Definition of agree in US 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, it's dreadful, isn't it,” she agreed’
    with clause ‘I agree that consumers are always right’
    • ‘What the two would not have agreed on is the nature of the crisis afflicting Europe and the Western world.’
    • ‘This is the underlying issue which campaigners agree must be tackled in years to come.’
    • ‘Then both agreed on the idea that it is an individuals' responsibility.’
    • ‘Even if we were definite on the causes of global warming and agreed on a cure it could take centuries to reverse.’
    • ‘He would grant complete artistic licence but only if they both agreed on a structured recording process.’
    • ‘Not everybody agrees, however, that song-swapping is causing the industry's woes.’
    • ‘We agreed on the main issue: that new technologies make it possible for this to be done.’
    • ‘The one thing everybody agrees on is Lara's exceptional ability and concentration.’
    • ‘Resident Jo agrees that environmental issues are important for the beachside seat.’
    • ‘The study also found that most couples agreed on how many children they wanted to have.’
    • ‘Secondly, everybody agrees there needs to be a transfer of power as soon as is practical.’
    • ‘First, if everybody agreed about everything, there would be no need of politics.’
    • ‘Nevertheless almost everybody agrees that a thought is produced when the brain neurons fire.’
    • ‘When no two raters agreed on an item rating, the lack of agreement was recorded as such.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only that, but it can vehemently divide people who otherwise agree on most issues.’
    • ‘After all, does anyone go to a blog for a discussion of issues that most people agree on?’
    • ‘By far the most dangerous form of transport, just about everybody agrees.’
    • ‘The two leaders agreed on the need to speed up efforts to resume a serious peace process.’
    • ‘It was a solace for me when everybody agreed that I do not look so bad after all.’
    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?’
      • ‘It is not acceptable to say we agree with war if it is backed by the UN Security Council.’
      • ‘Nick is not sure he agrees with the policy of excluding openly gay scoutmasters, and I find it a difficult issue myself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 have to say that I don't agree with this from a moral viewpoint.’
      • ‘I detest violence but for once, whilst I still didn't agree with it I could understand it.’
      • ‘I personally do not agree with abortion unless there is no other alternative.’
      • ‘Some grouped round leaders whose teachings and insights they accepted and agreed with, but many were solitary wanderers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm not sure I entirely agree with his uncompromisingly conservative prescription.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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'm not disgusted by the exhibit but I don't agree with the message of moral equivalency.’
      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’
    • ‘Mrs Martin agreed to take the suggestion to the town council and the youth council.’
    • ‘She said she asked for an eye test and agreed to allow him to look at her back after she complained of back pain.’
    • ‘But at the end of the day, it's all about two people agreeing to do something and sticking with it.’
    • ‘After a lengthy plea from a social worker, the judge reluctantly agrees to allow the boy to leave.’
    • ‘To avoid the authorities, he agrees to accompany an inventor to go around the world in 80 days.’
    • ‘The author agrees to give it a try - and at first it seems to be just what she needed.’
    • ‘By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions.’
    • ‘The reading and questions end and the author agrees to sign anyone who arrived late, saying he'll stay as long as it takes.’
    • ‘Magistrates cannot order that people be removed to hospital unless the hospital authority agrees to accept them.’
    • ‘He was a close part of Tony's crew until, busted by the Feds, he agreed to wear a wire.’
    • ‘By agreeing to accept the gift, he is showing his willingness to be beholden to the donor.’
    • ‘The good sister is far from sure about the merits of his assertion but she agrees to support his appeal for a pardon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hate talking about money and so immediately agreed to pay the price they suggested.’
    • ‘Anyway, he suggested we try another local butcher, and he has agreed to do the job for us.’
    • ‘Usually the bank obtains security from the customer when it agrees to open the acceptance credit.’
    • ‘The seller is able to attract custom by agreeing to accept credit card payment.’
    • ‘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.’
    consent, assent, accede
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    1. 2.1with object Reach agreement about (something), typically after a period of negotiation.
      with object ‘if they had agreed a price, the deal would have gone through’
      ‘the commission agreed on a proposal to limit imports’
      • ‘It is denied that any fee was agreed on any of the three occasions identified by the Claimants.’
      • ‘Current talks appear to revolve around agreeing a price.’
      • ‘Once the value is agreed on, shuffle the deck and deal 5 cards to each player.’
      • ‘The meeting is a negotiation, to bring these different goals together and to agree them.’
      • ‘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 was agreed on Thursday that these groups should be persuaded to return homes.’
      • ‘Once the maps are agreed, action plans should be prepared to manage the environmental impact.’
      • ‘As soon as all the charges are entered and agreed the work of settlement commences.’
      • ‘Make a record of the date you complained about the harassment, to whom you spoke, what was said and what action was agreed on.’
      • ‘The money comes on top of the three year settlements agreed last year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The plan involves agreeing a pay rise for this year and continuing negotiations over wage increases for the next two years.’
      • ‘Strikes have been put off until the end of February to give negotiators a chance to agree a deal.’
      • ‘As nothing further could usefully be settled it was agreed that the meeting be closed.’
      • ‘If the Cabinet agrees the recommendation it will mean that you and the other residents will need to move to another home.’
      • ‘In the present case they were the same, but the time for payment did not come till liability and amount were agreed or settled.’
      • ‘It was agreed that negotiations should take place with both contractors.’
      settle, decide, shake hands
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  • 3agree withBe consistent with.

    ‘your body language does not agree with what you are saying’
    • ‘Although there is no indication that the gene region is gender-specific, which agrees with our result, natural odors have some relation to gender.’
    • ‘These data partially agree with our results but cannot be made completely consistent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Special care is needed to determine the subject and to make certain that the verb agrees with it.’
      • ‘In such cases, proximity concord operates, the verb agreeing with the nearest noun.’
      • ‘If the subject is nonnominative, the verb agrees with its nominative object.’
    2. 3.2usually with negative Be healthy or appropriate for someone.
      ‘she's eaten something that did not agree with her’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the job market doesn't appear to consistently agree with me.’
      • ‘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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

agree

/əˈɡri//əˈɡrē/