An agreement is made when two parties agree to something. So, for example, a mother might make an agreement with her son not to kiss him in public because, after kindergarten, well, that's just not cool.

If people's opinions are in accord, or match one another, then they are in agreement. If a teacher assigns a ten-page paper due the next day, the students would be in agreement that the assignment was unfair. A written or verbal contract can also be called an agreement. An agreement to deliver an article a month for a publication could not be broken simply because you have writer's block.

Definitions of agreement

n harmony of people's opinions, actions, or characters

“the two parties were in agreement
disagreement, dissension, dissonance
a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
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community, community of interests
agreement as to goals
concurrence, meeting of minds
a state of cooperation
agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
sense of the meeting
general agreement reached by an assembled group
everyone being of one mind
corresponding exactly
social contract
an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society; individual surrenders liberty in return for protection
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concord, concordance, harmony
a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole

n compatibility of observations

“there was no agreement between theory and measurement”
conformance, conformity
correspondence in form or appearance
justness, nicety, rightness
conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
conformity with the norm
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capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination

n the verbal act of agreeing

the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
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acquiescence, assent
agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
concurrence, concurrency
agreement of results or opinions
accord, accordance, conformity
concurrence of opinion
collusion, connivance
agreement on a secret plot
accession, assenting
agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
agreement expressed by (or as if expressed by) signing your name
confirmation, ratification
making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it
concord, concordance, harmony
agreement of opinions
endorsement, indorsement, second, secondment
a speech seconding a motion
a point conceded or yielded
(contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract)
conceding, concession, yielding
the act of conceding or yielding
a concession given to mollify or placate
judicial admission, stipulation
(law) an agreement or concession made by parties in a judicial proceeding (or by their attorneys) relating to the business before the court; must be in writing unless they are part of the court record
a concession made by a labor union to a company that is trying to lower its expenditures
wage concession
an agreement to raise wages
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speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

“they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business”
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Articles of Confederation
a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens
Peace of Westphalia
the peace treaty that ended the Thirty Years' War in 1648
Chemical Weapons Convention
a global treaty banning the production or acquisition or stockpiling or transfer or use of chemical weapons
Geneva Convention
an agreement first drawn up in Geneva in 1864 and later revised concerning the treatment of captured and wounded military personnel and civilians in wartime
Lateran Treaty
the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state
North Atlantic Treaty
the treaty signed in 1949 by 12 countries that established NATO
the first treaty between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics resulting from the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
the second treaty between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics resulting from the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
Treaty of Versailles
the treaty imposed on Germany by the Allied powers in 1920 after the end of World War I which demanded exorbitant reparations from the Germans
Missouri Compromise
an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories
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confederacy, conspiracy
a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
fair-trade agreement
an agreement (illegal in the United States) between the manufacturer of a trademarked item of merchandise and its retail distributors to sell the item at a price at or above the price set by the manufacturer
(Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
unilateral contract
a one-sided agreement whereby you promise to do (or refrain from doing) something in return for a performance (not a promise)
sale, sales agreement
an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer)
bargain, deal
an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
working agreement
an informal agreement to work together
gentlemen's agreement
a personal agreement based on honor and not legally binding
written agreement
a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter
entente, entente cordiale
a friendly understanding between political powers
oral contract
an agreement that is not in writing and is not signed by the parties but is a real existing contract that lacks only the formal requirement of a memorandum to render it enforceable in litigation
the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance
a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
severance agreement
an agreement on the terms on which an employee will leave
suicide pact
an agreement by two or more people to commit suicide together at a given place and time
a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
conspiracy of silence
a conspiracy not to talk about some situation or event
conditional sale
a sale in which the buyer receives title to the property only upon the performance of some condition (usually the full payment of the purchase price)
execution sale, forced sale, judicial sale, sheriff's sale
a sale of property by the sheriff under authority of a court's writ of execution in order satisfy an unpaid obligation
a legal document summarizing an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter
compact, concordat, covenant
a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt
a legal agreement specifying a payment or action and the penalty for failure to comply
accord, pact, treaty
a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
a settlement of differences
a final settlement
out-of-court settlement
resolution of a dispute prior to the rendering of a final decision by the trial court
property settlement
(matrimonial law) the division of property owned or acquired by marriage partners during their marriage
accord and satisfaction
the settlement of a debt by paying less than the amount demanded in exchange for extinguishing the debt
golden handshake
a lucrative severance agreement offered to an employee (usually as an incentive to retire)
a written agreement (or property or money) delivered to a third party or put in trust by one party to a contract to be returned after fulfillment of some condition
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a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n the thing arranged or agreed to

secret agreement
something arranged in advance
something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)
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planning, preparation, provision
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

n in grammar, the correspondence between two words

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number agreement
agreement in number between words in the same grammatical construction (e.g., between adjectives and the nouns they modify)
person agreement
agreement in person between pronouns and verbs
case agreement
agreement in grammatical case between words in the same construction
gender agreement
agreement in grammatical gender between words in the same construction
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grammatical relation
a linguistic relation established by grammar

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