See also: agrée and agréé



From Middle English agreen, from Old French agreer (to accept or receive kindly), from a gré (favorably), from Latin ad (to) + gratum (pleasing).



agree (third-person singular simple present agrees, present participle agreeing, simple past and past participle agreed)

  1. (intransitive) To harmonize in opinion, statement, or action; to be in unison or concord; to be or become united or consistent; to concur.
    all parties agree in the expediency of the law.
    • 1594, Thomas Lodge, The wounds of civil war: Lively set forth in the true tragedies of Marius and Scilla, page 46:
      You know that in so great a state as this, Two mightie foes can never well agree.
    • 2018, Jon Stone, “Brexit: No significant progress made on any issue in negotiations since March, says EU (The Independent)”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      Theresa May’s cabinet repeatedly fails to agree with itself on what customs arrangement it wants with the EU after Brexit
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, a sonnet in The Passionate Pilgrim
      If music and sweet poetry agree.
    • For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.
    • 1725, Homer; [Alexander Pope], transl., “(please specify the book or chapter of the Odyssey)”, in The Odyssey of Homer. [], volume V, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646:
      The more you agree together, the less hurt can your enemies do you.
  2. (intransitive) To yield assent; to accede;—followed by to.
    to agree to an offer, or to opinion.
  3. (transitive, Britain, Ireland) To yield assent to; to approve.
    • 1666, Samuel Pepys, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, page 88:
      ... and there, after a good while in discourse, we did agree a bargain of £5,000 with Sir Roger Cuttance for my Lord Sandwich for silk, cinnamon, ...
    • 2005, Paddy McNutt, Law, economics and antitrust: towards a new perspective, page 59:
      The essential idea is that parties should enter the market, choose their contractors, set their own terms and agree a bargain.
    • 2011 April 3, John Burke, in The Sunday Business Post:
      Bishops agree sex abuse rules
  4. (intransitive) To make a stipulation by way of settling differences or determining a price; to exchange promises; to come to terms or to a common resolve; to promise.
  5. (intransitive) To be conformable; to resemble; to coincide; to correspond.
    the picture does not agree with the original; the two scales agree exactly.
  6. (intransitive, now always with with) To suit or be adapted in its effects; to do well.
    the same food does not agree with every constitution.
  7. (intransitive, grammar) To correspond to (another word) in a grammatical category, such as gender, number, case, or person.
    In Romanian, the articles, adjectives, pronouns agree in gender, number and case with the noun they refer to.
  8. (intransitive, law) To consent to a contract or to an element of a contract.

Usage notesEdit

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
  • This is a stative verb that rarely takes the continuous inflection. See Category:English stative verbs
  • The transitive usage could be considered as just an omission of to or upon.
  • US and Canadian English do not use the transitive form. Thus "they agreed on a price" or "they agreed to the conditions" are used in North America but not "they agreed a price" or "they agreed the conditions".



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  1. Alternative form of agreen