Definition of agreement in English:



  • 1Harmony or accordance in opinion or feeling; a position or result of agreeing.

    ‘the governments failed to reach agreement’
    ‘the two officers nodded in agreement’
    ‘there is wide agreement that investment is necessary’
    • ‘Most economists are in agreement that in order to grow an economy saving is a must.’
    • ‘The meeting was in agreement that action has to be taken to end the monopoly.’
    • ‘We are in agreement or partial agreement on many of the most significant issues, but we shall have to remain at odds on a few.’
    • ‘Both organisations are in agreement that we have got to get this right.’
    • ‘I am also in agreement that perpetrators must be held responsible for their actions.’
    • ‘But they are all in agreement that he is not a simple controversialist just for the sake of it.’
    • ‘We're all thoroughly in agreement that these first-past-the-post elections are a bad thing.’
    • ‘I'm in agreement that the divorce rate is exceptionally high and mostly avoidable.’
    • ‘The hospital management and the council seem in agreement that cash is a palliative but not a panacea.’
    • ‘Quearney and I are in agreement that bulbs seem to be ideally suited to an Irish climate.’
    • ‘All bodies are in agreement that the use of foreign workers is set to mushroom over the next few years.’
    • ‘Everyone is in agreement that size is not that important from a practical point of view.’
    • ‘We enjoyed both and were in agreement that they were great palate fresheners.’
    • ‘Not very many of the delegates seemed in agreement that an October election is on the cards.’
    • ‘Your Honour, I think we are in agreement that the matter should be heard as soon as possible.’
    • ‘The crowd nods in agreement that they are in the presence of a fine basketball player.’
    • ‘New Zealanders are in agreement that children should not be assaulted or brutalised.’
    • ‘The one good thing is that all the experts seem to be in agreement that mortgages are set to fall.’
    • ‘All parties involved found themselves in agreement that the fixture should remain unfulfilled.’
    • ‘Mally leant back and nodded in agreement.’
    contract, compact, treaty, covenant, pact, accord, deal, bargain, settlement, concordat, protocol, entente, arrangement, understanding, pledge, promise, bond
    accord, concurrence, consensus, harmony, accordance, unity, unison, concord, like-mindedness, rapport, sympathy
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    1. 1.1A negotiated and typically legally binding arrangement between parties as to a course of action.
      ‘a trade agreement’
      ‘a verbal agreement to sell’
      • ‘In effect, they are hiring the union to act as agent in the negotiation of agreements.’
      • ‘The signed agreements will remain held in escrow until Neil receives the banker's draft.’
      • ‘The Response did however deny the terms of the agreements alleged by the claimants.’
      • ‘You have not honoured this, as well as many verbal agreements that we had with each other.’
      • ‘With limited exceptions, both agreements ban all high seas fishing for salmon.’
      • ‘The drafts of the three agreements that were current at the start of that month all provided for New York law.’
      • ‘No provision was made in the agreements for time off, sick pay, or holidays.’
      • ‘He said that his agreements with these autobiographical subjects were not recorded in writing.’
      • ‘What rules could a legal system adopt as tests for the enforceability of agreements?’
      • ‘The final source of health care law comes from the international agreements on human rights.’
      • ‘The EC is also party to international agreements that commit it to a regime of free trade.’
      • ‘But most student and many other shared houses are let on joint tenancy agreements.’
      • ‘It was included in the association agreements that they entered into from year to year.’
      • ‘He did not have to enter into the agreements for leases if he did not want to.’
      • ‘It is not in our members' interest to negotiate unaffordable equal pay agreements.’
      • ‘They can do so by ad hoc international agreements, involving two or more parties.’
      • ‘She contends that such agreements were final and binding on the parties.’
      • ‘In recent years, the courts have hesitated over whether to take such agreements into account.’
      • ‘The crux of the arrangement is a series of reef lease agreements with the local villages.’
      • ‘The attached marked up copies confirm the basis on which we are prepared to enter these agreements.’
      negotiation, conduct, conducting, carrying out, performance, execution, enactment, management, handling, organization, prosecution, working out, thrashing out, hammering out, administration, operation
      deal, business, undertaking, affair, arrangement, bargain, negotiation, treaty, contract, pact, compact, bond, settlement
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    2. 1.2The absence of incompatibility between two things; consistency.
      ‘agreement between experimental observations and theory’
      • ‘Our data are also in agreement with results of recent studies.’
      • ‘Statistics are in agreement with field estimates.’
      • ‘It's reassuring to know our numbers are in agreement with previous estimates of the mass of the stars based on the stars' motion.’
      • ‘It also turns out to provide finite expressions that are in stunning agreement with experiment.’
      • ‘The results are in agreement with classical ones.’
      correspondence, consistency, compatibility, conformity, coincidence, harmony, concord, accord, accordance, congruity
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    3. 1.3Grammar The condition of having the same number, gender, case, or person.
      • ‘Agreement is an important concept in grammar and a source of many writing errors.’
      • ‘Each sentence contains at least one error in noun-verb agreement. Write the correct form of the incorrect verbs in the spaces below, and then click the submit button to check your answers.’
      • ‘There is some evidence that the possibility of dropping expletive subjects is linked to agreement.’
      • ‘Many current treatments of agreement assume that a noun phrase like "John" or "the book" has a single set of agreement (person, number, gender) features.’
      • ‘The chapter concludes with a discussion of agreement markers triggered by inflection classes.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from agreer make agreeable to (see agree).