verb (agrees, agreeing, agreed)[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 agreedMore example sentences
- 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.
- Nevertheless almost everybody agrees that a thought is produced when the brain neurons fire.
- 1.1 (agree with) Approve of (something) with regard to its moral correctness: I’m not sure I agree with abortionMore example sentences
- 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.
- I'm not disgusted by the exhibit but I don't agree with the message of moral equivalency.
- 2 (agree to or to do something) Consent to do something that has been suggested by another person: she had agreed to go and see a movie with himMore example sentences
consent to, assent to, acquiesce to, accept, approve, say yes to, give one's approval to, give the nod to• informal OK• formal accede to
- Magistrates cannot order that people be removed to hospital unless the hospital authority agrees to accept them.
- To avoid the authorities, he agrees to accompany an inventor to go around the world in 80 days.
- 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.
- 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]: chiefly British if they had agreed a price, the deal would have gone throughMore example sentences
settle on, decide on, arrive at, work out, negotiate, reach an agreement on, come to terms on, strike a bargain on, make a deal on, shake hands on
- 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.
- After negotiation, we agree a set of terms under which the autopsy will be performed.
- 3 (agree with) Be consistent with: your body language does not agree with what you are sayingMore example sentences
- 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.
- These data partially agree with our results but cannot be made completely consistent.
- 3.1 Grammar Have the same number, gender, case, or person as: the writer made the verb agree with the subjectMore example sentences
- 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.
- Thus Voltaire: ‘The adjective is the enemy of the noun, though it agrees with it in number and gender.’
- 3.2 [usually with negative] Be healthy or appropriate for someone: she’s eaten something that did not agree with herMore example sentences
- The climate there did not agree with the health of one of the children so they returned to Ireland after three years.
- Unfortunately, the job market doesn't appear to consistently agree with me.
- Milk doesn't agree with me.
agree to differ
- see differ.
late Middle English: from Old French agreer, based on Latin ad- 'to' + gratus 'pleasing'.
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 .