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Agre \A*gre"\, Agree \A*gree"\, adv. [F. [`a] gr['e]. See
In good part; kindly. [Obs.]
--Rom. of R.
Agree \A*gree"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Agreed; p. pr. & vb. n. Agreeing.] [F. agr['e]er to accept or receive kindly, fr. [`a] gr['e]; [`a] (L. ad) + gr['e] good will, consent, liking, fr. L. gratus pleasing, agreeable. See Grateful.]
To harmonize in opinion, statement, or action; to be in unison or concord; to be or become united or consistent; to concur; as, all parties agree in the expediency of the law.
If music and sweet poetry agree.
Their witness agreed not together.
--Mark xiv. 56.
The more you agree together, the less hurt can your enemies do you.
--Sir T. Browne.
To yield assent; to accede; -- followed by to; as, to agree to an offer, or to opinion.
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.
Agree with thine adversary quickly.
--Matt. v. 25.
Didst not thou agree with me for a penny ?
--Matt. xx. 13.
To be conformable; to resemble; to coincide; to correspond; as, the picture does not agree with the original; the two scales agree exactly.
To suit or be adapted in its effects; to do well; as, the same food does not agree with every constitution.
(Gram.) To correspond in gender, number, case, or person.
Note: The auxiliary forms of to be are often employed with the participle agreed. ``The jury were agreed.''
--Macaulay. ``Can two walk together, except they be agreed ?''
--Amos iii. 3. The principal intransitive uses were probably derived from the transitive verb used reflexively. ``I agree me well to your desire.''
Syn: To assent; concur; consent; acquiesce; accede; engage; promise; stipulate; contract; bargain; correspond; harmonize; fit; tally; coincide; comport.
Agree \A*gree"\, v. t.
To make harmonious; to reconcile or make friends. [Obs.]
To admit, or come to one mind concerning; to settle; to arrange; as, to agree the fact; to agree differences.
v. be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point" [syn: hold, concur, concord] [ant: disagree]
consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something; "She agreed to all my conditions"; "He agreed to leave her alone"
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: match, fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally] [ant: disagree]
show grammatical agreement; "Subjects and verbs must always agree in English"
be agreeable or suitable; "White wine doesn't agree with me"
achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose; "No two of my colleagues would agree on whom to elect chairman"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "to be to one's liking;" also "to give consent," from Old French agreer "to receive with favor, take pleasure in" (12c.), from phrase a gré "favorably, of good will," literally "to (one's) liking," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + gratum "pleasing," neuter of gratus (see grace (n.)); the original sense survives best in agreeable. Meaning "to be in harmony in opinions" is from late 15c. Related: Agreed; agreeing.
vb. (context intransitive English) To harmonize in opinion, statement, or action; to be in unison or concord; to be or become united or consistent; to concur.
Usage examples of "agree".
He had learned her opinions on the subject of Aberrancy over the weeks they had spent together, and while he did not agree with much of what she said, it had enough validity to make him think.
Jessy agreed absently while her gaze took in the broad expanse of plains before them, rugged and rolling into forever.
He wished to God Aby had agreed to the MacFarlane with him this year, which would have put Aby far to the south instead of on that road.
The address in the commons was ultimately agreed to after a most acrimonious debate, protracted by the Irish members and their opponents far beyond the limits usual on such occasions.
Some Family members, led by Rikart Neumann and Acton van Reuter, had apparently agreed to throw their support behind the Laum in exchange for augmentation technology.
In German, adjectives do agree in number when they are used attributively, but adjectives used predicatively do not.
I would recommend to writers is to let adjectives agree in number also in this position.
Two bills founded upon these propositions were introduced, and both sides of the house admitting the justice of the measures seemed to agree in the propriety of adopting them.
I entirely agree with you, that the abolition of agistment tithe in Ireland by a vote of the Irish House of Commons, and without any remuneration to the Church, was a most scandalous and Jacobinical measure.
It would take a united High Councilwhich should happen when the Thun raiders become agriculturalists and poets, and not beforeor a large number of Black Robes agreeing to do his bidding.
Montrose was another, and immediately he set about raising troops from his own lands, and carried out the plan of campaign that had been agreed on by attacking Airlie castle.
It was agreed that EMI would press the album for them but have nothing to do with its distribution, which was eventually effected by Island Records in the UK and Tetragrammaton in the USA.
Seregil agreed, stealing another concerned look at Alec riding stiffly beside him.
It was agreed that Gray would keep his Wildcats high to preserve the altitude advantage he needed against the agile Zeros, and, at the same time, provide protection for the dive bombers.
In 1832, a treaty, bearing date the 20th of April, was executed between the British government in India and Meermoorad Ali, who at that time was the principal Ameer of Scinde, in which a bond of friendship was entered into, and mutual commerce was agreed upon.