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- (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.
- (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
- If music and sweet poetry agree.
- (Can we date this quote?) Mark xiv. 56.
- Their witness agreed not together.
- (Can we date this quote?) Sir Thomas Browne
- The more you agree together, the less hurt can your enemies do you.
- (intransitive) To yield assent; to accede;—followed by to.
- to agree to an offer, or to opinion.
- (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
- (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.
- (intransitive) To be conformable; to resemble; to coincide; to correspond.
- the picture does not agree with the original; the two scales agree exactly.
- (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.
- (intransitive, grammar) To correspond to in gender, number, case, or person.
- (intransitive, law) To consent to a contract or to an element of a contract.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative 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".
- assent, concur, consent, acquiesce, accede, engage, promise, stipulate, contract, bargain, correspond, harmonize, fit, tally, coincide, comport
harmonize in opinion; be in unison or concord; be united; concur
to yield assent, to accede
to come to terms or to a common resolve
to resemble, coincide, correspond
grammar: to correspond in gender, number, case, or person
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
Translations to be checked
- agree in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- agree in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: result · formed · fight · #764: agree · sit · considerable · private