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Etymology

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From Middle English agrement, agreement, from Old French agrement, agreement. Morphologically agree +‎ -ment.

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  • IPA(key): /əˈɡɹiːmənt/
  • Audio (US):(file)

Noun

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agreement (countable and uncountable, plural agreements)

  1. (countable) An understanding between entities to follow a specific course of conduct.
    Coordinate term: conspiracy
    to enter an agreement;  the UK and US negotiators nearing agreement;  he nodded his agreement.
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18:
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. [] The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
  2. (uncountable) A state whereby several parties share a view or opinion; the state of not contradicting one another.
    The results of my experiment are in agreement with those of Michelson and with the law of General Relativity.
    • 1990, Stephen Barbour, Patrick Stevenson, Variation in German: A critical approach to German sociolinguistics, Cambridge University Press, p. 86f.:
      There is general agreement that, to the east, Low Saxon should be divided from East Low German (Ostniederdeutsch) approximately though quite coincidentally, along the modern border between the Federal Republic and the GDR, although there is no general agreement as to precisely where the dialect boundary should lie, or as to which isogloss should be crucial to its delineation. [...] The Low Saxon dialects are sometimes referred to collectively as West Low German (Westniederdeutsch) [...]
  3. (uncountable, law) A legally binding contract enforceable in a court of law.
  4. (uncountable, linguistics, grammar) Rules that exist in many languages that force some parts of a sentence to be used or inflected differently depending on certain attributes of other parts.
    Synonyms: concord, concordance (obsolete)
    Coordinate terms: government, regimen, rection (archaic)
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, chapter 6, in Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 306:
      Having clarified what we mean by ‘Personʼ and ‘Numberʼ, we can now return to our earlier observation that a finite I is inflected not only for Tense, but also for Agreement. More particularly, I inflects for Person and Number, and must ‘agreeʼ with its Subject, in the sense that the Person/Number features of I must match those of the Subject.
  5. (obsolete, chiefly in the plural) An agreeable quality.
    • 1650, John Donne, Elegie XVII:
      Her nymph-like features such agreements have / That I could venture with her to the grave [...].

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Italian

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English agreement.

Noun

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agreement m (invariable)

  1. agreement (pact, accord)

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Middle English

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agreement

  1. Alternative form of agrement

Romanian

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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from English agreement.

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agreement n (uncountable)

  1. agreement

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