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agree

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a verb agrees with the subject
▪ In Arabic, all verbs agree with their subjects in gender and number.
accept/agree on a compromise
▪ It would be advantageous for both countries to accept a compromise.
accept/agree to conditions
▪ He refused to accept the conditions set by the rebel leader.
agree an agenda
▪ The meeting ended in chaos as representatives were unable to agree an agenda.
agree on a price
▪ Now all we need to do is agree on a price.
agree to a contract (also agree a contract British English)
▪ Keane was reported to have agreed a contract for a further three years.
agree to a request (also grant sb’s requestformal)
▪ The judge granted his request.
▪ Diana was happy to agree to his request.
agreed to co-operate
▪ They agreed to co-operate with Brazil on a programme to protect the rain forests.
kindly offer/agree/give etc
▪ Mr Nunn has kindly agreed to let us use his barn for the dance.
the agreed dateBritish English, agreed upon date American English (= one that people have agreed on)
▪ The work was not finished by the agreed date.
the agreed/stipulated/recommended maximum (=one that is agreed between people)
▪ A pregnant woman should drink no more than the recommended maximum of 4 units per week.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
also
▪ The United States also agreed to drop its opposition to a follow-up conference in 2006.
▪ He also agreed to revise training operations to quell noise that Okinawans have complained about for years.
▪ The Government has also agreed that the men could be used to escort detainees released from prison camps.
▪ Raytheon also agrees to begin a series of energy-conservation measures in its plants.
▪ In the remaining working days of this month there are hopes that the council will also agree measures to control trans-national mergers.
▪ He also agreed to adopt policies on affirmative action and ethics.
▪ The service has also agreed to expedite final consideration of 900 species believed worthy of protection.
▪ Members also agreed that investing some surplus Social Security funds in the stock market ought to be seriously considered.
on
▪ An ambitious agenda was agreed on, and the official calendars of 12 heads of state were duly adjusted.
▪ I'd have to take a few hundred and we might get one we both agree on.
▪ At the end, the reunited brothers will agree on exactly how many flashes there have been.
▪ What makes the situation in Britain today so worrying is that the leaders of both main parties agree on virtually everything.
▪ Washington seems unable to agree on even its most basic task, which is to fund the government.
▪ Earlier, negotiators at the talks could not agree on who should back off first.
▪ At this stage, the rules in use are known to all, and all agree on what the rules are.
to
▪ The proposals have been agreed to with the co-operation of the police and Middlesbrough Cycling Group.
▪ I thought at the time it was a crazy thing to agree to and early events seemed to confirm this.
▪ I agreed to help you out tonight, but that was all I agreed to.
▪ And what had he agreed to anyway?
▪ In order to lock into today's low rates potential borrowers will have to agree to marginally higher rates than are really current.
▪ The painting was agreed to by Luce inpart to recompense for what she saw as her misjudgment of her dead friend.
▪ By 1980, the Midland was so desperate to satisfy its international ambitions, it would have agreed to almost anything.
▪ A scheme to share the costs between insurers and taxpayers has been agreed to, but Parliament has yet to approve it.
■ NOUN
contract
▪ Mr Quinn said he and Mr Neal had agreed a contract to refer work between the firms.
▪ Two players agreed to new contracts Wednesday.
▪ Thus, the couple had agreed upon a simple contract.
▪ Right-hander Darren Dreifort agreed to a one-year contract.
▪ Therefore providers ought to be able to agree to contracts for these services at a lower price.
▪ What happens if the union and the school board can not agree on a contract?
▪ Neale, 38, has agreed a three-year contract and takes up his duties on March 1.
▪ Following his second season, Karros agreed to a contract worth $ 6. 15 million over three seasons.
friend
▪ Mr. Bowis Does my hon. Friend agree that a curse of modern urban living is musical mega-decibels in the night?
▪ Mr. Sayeed Does my hon. Friend agree that assessing ability only in terms of academic achievement sells young people short?
▪ Mr. Knox Does my right hon. Friend agree that that is an impressive increase over that period of years?
▪ Mr. Thurnham Does my hon. Friend agree that voluntary groups and private providers can efficiently deliver services for the disabled?
▪ Will my right hon. Friend agree to talk to the museum to ascertain whether he can guide it in filling the gap?
minister
▪ The Prime Minister I agree with my hon. Friend about the importance of clear-cut and low corporate and personal tax rates.
▪ The Prime Minister I agree entirely with my hon. Friend's analysis on that point.
▪ The bankers and ministers agree that McKenzie was key to the agreement.
▪ The Prime Minister I agree with the point made by my hon. Friend.
▪ Does the Minister agree that people need and prefer a free eye test?
party
▪ The two parties may agree a price for the land or ask an agent to act on their behalf.
▪ Then, Clinton also intervened, without appointing an emergency board, by appealing to both parties to agree to binding arbitration.
▪ In practice the parties and arbitrator should agree his remuneration in advance.
▪ Majority Nationalist Party agreed to advance debate on the proposals after earlier saying they wanted to delay action.
▪ The next Opposition party should agree more timetabling of Bills early in the new Parliament, and we should keep to it.
▪ Both parties can at least agree that this is no way to pick a president.
▪ To achieve that goal, I call upon all parties to agree to an immediate cease-fire.
plan
▪ They will have to agree the plan and will no doubt wish to have a significant part in discussions.
▪ They have kept the government shut to pressure the president to agree to a seven-year plan to balance the federal budget.
▪ Indeed, though the Cabinet had agreed the plan in December Hoare was forced to resign, and replaced by Eden.
▪ However, Rodman said the state only agreed to the clean-up plan to avoid further delays.
▪ Within two weeks the participants were able to agree upon a draft plan.
▪ Morrison Knudsen and lenders agree on a plan to avoid a cash shortage.
▪ She acquiesced, agreeing to his plan for a meeting with Joan in the palace rose-garden.
▪ Talks aimed at agreeing on a plan to balance the budget within seven years are still taking place.
price
▪ The critical aspect still to be agreed was the gas price.
▪ The two parties may agree a price for the land or ask an agent to act on their behalf.
▪ We have already agreed on a price for each tree, so the job is to agree on how many there are.
▪ That is, it may be easier to agree a price for a contract for clinical services than to assess cost or cost-effectiveness.
▪ At the very least the seller agrees that the buyer shall become the owner and the buyer agrees to pay the price.
▪ The weekend talks stalled on United's inability to agree the price for Knighton's withdrawal from the take-over.
▪ They may therefore agree to sell at price level P whatever is demanded.
principle
▪ Whether or not we agree with the principles or validity of church laws and rules, many of our clients will accept them.
▪ But, if the supporters are agreed on the principle of rotation, they disagree over the detail.
▪ We have often found people will nod and agree to the principles but never put them into practice.
▪ Whether Curran and Seaton would agree with the principles that lie behind the above proposals is very doubtful.
▪ Saur has agreed in principle to buy out its partner to produce closer ties with its other operation, Cambrian Environmental Services.
▪ General Mladic had also agreed in principle to open a corridor to Cerska.
▪ The cessation of hostilities was agreed in principle.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Agreed
agree to differ
▪ If after discussion we agree to differ, both versions will be recorded.
▪ They were tolerably happy together, as marriages seem to go, a happiness achieved partly by agreeing to differ.
▪ We might as well agree to differ and get along as well as we can.
be agreed
▪ Any press release must be agreed between the parties prior to issue.
▪ Equally it was agreed by all counsel that such a view was erroneous, and I agree.
▪ It is therefore important to ensure that wording is agreed as far as possible during drafting meetings.
▪ It was agreed that all transmission of film material will be in a progressive scan format from launch of services.
▪ It was agreed that he might return to work from the hospital when he felt better able to cope.
▪ Regional banding could not be agreed to simply on the basis of national wage bargaining.
▪ The economic rationale, in terms of economic efficiency, was agreed in terms of increasing competitiveness, rather than the change of ownership.
▪ The handover of the Bedford and Luton institutions was agreed.
be inclined to agree/think/believe etc
▪ After reading this book, you might be inclined to think so.
▪ Before then, we are inclined to believe only hip jazz musicians and self-destructive beat poets did dope.
▪ I am inclined to believe the police.
▪ Or did he, as some are inclined to think, actually invent it?
▪ Some conservative politicians were inclined to agree.
▪ Still, when he makes a statement such as you refer to, I would be inclined to believe him.
▪ We are inclined to think of connections between earlier and later events rather than connections between simultaneous events.
▪ You are inclined to agree with their judgement.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "I wish it was time to go home." "I couldn't agree more."
▪ "Yes, I'm sure you're right," agreed Tony.
▪ After a few minutes' discussion we had agreed a price and the car was mine.
▪ Charles suggested going for a picnic, and we all agreed.
▪ Few people expect the rebels to agree to the peace plan.
▪ Finally, after some tough negotiating, it was agreed that the workforce would be reduced by 10%.
▪ I'll have to check these calculations again -- the totals don't agree.
▪ I agree with you about the color -- it looks awful.
▪ I suggested we move to Chicago and she agreed.
▪ I think it's too expensive. Do you agree?
▪ It was agreed that the price should be fixed at $200.
▪ Lee agreed with Jackson that more opportunities should be created for minorities in film.
▪ Most experts agree that drugs like heroin can cause permanent brain damage.
▪ Mr Johnson thinks it's too risky, and I tend to agree with him.
▪ Right then, are we all agreed?
▪ The Council of Ministers would never agree to such a plan.
▪ The one thing all the parties agreed on was the need for fair elections.
▪ The project can't go ahead until the finance committee agrees.
▪ They agreed to meet up later in the week.
▪ Ultimately the two sides could not agree, and negotiations were abandoned.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I also agree with Scott L.J.'s observations about the form of order that would be proper to be made.
▪ If Brian agrees to buy the car, then changes his mind, can he withdraw his acceptance?
▪ Mr and Mrs Davenport accepted and agreed with the results of the psychological evaluation.
▪ Plant managers and the union agreed to take the Quality of Work Life effort plant-wide.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Agree

Agre \A*gre"\, Agree \A*gree"\, adv. [F. [`a] gr['e]. See Agree.] In good part; kindly. [Obs.]
--Rom. of R.

Agree

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.]

  1. 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.
    --Shak.

    Their witness agreed not together.
    --Mark xiv. 56.

    The more you agree together, the less hurt can your enemies do you.
    --Sir T. Browne.

  2. To yield assent; to accede; -- followed by to; as, to agree to an offer, or to opinion.

  3. 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.

  4. To be conformable; to resemble; to coincide; to correspond; as, the picture does not agree with the original; the two scales agree exactly.

  5. To suit or be adapted in its effects; to do well; as, the same food does not agree with every constitution.

  6. (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.''
    --Ld. Berners.

    Syn: To assent; concur; consent; acquiesce; accede; engage; promise; stipulate; contract; bargain; correspond; harmonize; fit; tally; coincide; comport.

Agree

Agree \A*gree"\, v. t.

  1. To make harmonious; to reconcile or make friends. [Obs.]
    --Spenser.

  2. To admit, or come to one mind concerning; to settle; to arrange; as, to agree the fact; to agree differences.

WordNet

agree

  1. 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]

  2. consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something; "She agreed to all my conditions"; "He agreed to leave her alone"

  3. 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]

  4. go together; "The colors don't harmonize"; "Their ideas concorded" [syn: harmonize, harmonise, consort, accord, concord, fit in]

  5. show grammatical agreement; "Subjects and verbs must always agree in English"

  6. be agreeable or suitable; "White wine doesn't agree with me"

  7. achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose; "No two of my colleagues would agree on whom to elect chairman"

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

agree

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.

Wiktionary

agree

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.

Wikipedia

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.