Definition of disagree in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈɡriː/

verb (disagrees, disagreeing, disagreed)

[no object]
1Have or express a different opinion: no one was willing to disagree with him historians often disagree
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  • Len Wallace respected all opinions - even while disagreeing - and he was always honest, focused and principled.
  • Post-trial newspaper reports paint a picture of pathological mayhem, with medical experts disagreeing and changing their opinions.
  • But when relaxed, he is charming, deferring politely to opinions with which he disagrees and displaying a conscientious desire to understand.
fail to agree, be in dispute/contention, be at variance/odds, not see eye to eye, differ from, dissent from, diverge from;
contradict, gainsay, challenge, oppose;
archaic disaccord
1.1 (disagree with) Disapprove of: she disagreed with the system of apartheid
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  • So why stay in a government and fight a war she disagreed with?
  • We owe it to them not to scorn their work, even if we disagree with the cause they fought in.
  • It reached an absolute disaster from the French diplomatic point of view when French President Chirac attacked candidate EU states for disagreeing with French policy in what can only be called the most patronising terms.
disapprove of, oppose, dissent from, think wrong, be against, demur about/against, not believe in, not support
2(Of statements or accounts) be inconsistent or fail to correspond: results which disagree with the findings reported so far
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  • The various accounts disagree over whether it was the whole of his left ear or just part of it which was cut.
  • The remaining ‘incongruous’ crosses disagreeing in gene order with the largest clique were used to infer the existence of inversion polymorphism.
  • Couples go through a number of statements and see whether they agree, disagree, or are undecided about them.
differ, be dissimilar, be unlike, be different, vary;
contradict each other, conflict, clash, contrast, diverge, not correspond, not accord, be discordant
2.1 (disagree with) (Of food, climate, or an experience) have an adverse effect on: the sea crossing disagreed with her
make ill, make unwell, nauseate, sicken, upset, cause illness to, cause discomfort to, be injurious to, have an adverse effect on


Late 15th century ( in sense 2, also in the sense 'refuse to agree to'): from Old French desagreer.

  • agree from Late Middle English:

    When we agree to something, there is a core notion of trying to please; the word is from Old French agreer, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ and gratus ‘pleasing’. It took over a hundred years after the phrase ‘to agree’ first appeared in the writings of Chaucer for its opposite, disagree, to appear in writing during the 1490s.

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