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agree in principle

To accept the general terms and/or conditions of a deal without having completed or agreed upon the specific details. The government has agreed in principle that it will cover the cost of building a new school, but so far we haven't seen a clear proposal on how this would be accomplished.
See also: agree, principle

agree to disagree

Cliché [for two or more parties] to calmly agree not to come to an agreement in a dispute. We have accomplished nothing except that we agree to disagree.
See also: agree, disagree

agree to something

to consent to something; to allow something to be done; to approve something. If you don't agree to my leaving early, I'll just do it anyway.
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agree (up)on someone or something

to agree to the choice of someone or something. Let's try to agree upon a date.
See also: agree, on

agree with someone

1. Lit. to hold the same opinion or judgment as someone else. I simply do not agree with you!
2. Fig. [for something] to be acceptable to someone as food. (Usually negative, referring to the disagreeable consequences of eating bad food.) Onions do not agree with me.
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(with someone) (about someone or something) and agree (with someone) ((up)on someone or something) [for two or more parties] to agree with one another about the facts concerning someone or something. I agree with you about Judy; she is brilliant. He agreed with Sam upon a time for the meeting.

agree with something

1. Fig. [for something] to look good or go well with something else. This dress does not agree with these shoes, does it?
2. Fig. [for something] to be in accord with something else. Your analysis agrees with mine.
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agree (with something) (in something)

[for grammatical features] to match or go together with other grammatical features. The subject and the verb agree in number.

Birds in their little nests agree.

Prov. People who live together should try hard to get along peacefully. (Usually used to admonish children not to fight with each other.) Brother: She called me a name! Sister: I did not! He's a liar! Father: Now, now, kids—birds in their little nests agree. Let's not argue about this, guys. Birds in their little nests agree.
See also: agree, Bird, little, nest

not agree with someone

[for food] to make someone ill; [for something that one has eaten] to give one stomach distress. Fried foods don't agree with Tom. I always have onions in my garden, but I never eat them. They just don't agree with me.
See also: agree, not

agree to disagree

to decide not to argue about something any more The two countries can agree to disagree on this issue and still have a cooperative relationship.
See also: agree, disagree

I couldn't agree more

I support that very strongly I couldn't agree more with the opinions stated in your recent editorial.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form somebody couldn't agree more: Lots of people think the use of handheld phones while driving should be outlawed, and state lawmakers couldn't agree more.
See also: agree, more

agree to

To consent to something; accede to something: The store owner agreed to the supplier's new proposal for a weekly shipment. I cannot agree to going with you on such a dangerous adventure!
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agree with

1. To be in accord with someone or something: I agree with Mary that we should sell the car. Since we agree with each other, the matter is settled.
2. To be well suited to someone: The excitement of the big city certainly agrees with you!
3. To approve of something: The protesters don't agree with capital punishment.
4. To be easily digestible. Used in the negative: I didn't eat the crab cakes, since shellfish don't agree with me.
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The taxpayer had personally executed an agreement with class counsel, agreeing to pay for their services.
Executives have mixed feelings about the current appeal of the CEO job, with 37% agreeing it is far less attractive than it was 10 years ago while 25% disagree
All of the above are quite significant, because if the City Council, on the recommendation of Hahn, decides to accept federal monitoring and the Justice Department agrees, the Justice Department is agreeing to the fact that the local authorities do have the police power to act.
Poole re-signs with Giants: Pitcher Jim Poole re-signed with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a $1.
In exchange for the transfer of an interest in the Shuteen Project and for agreeing to restructure the China joint venture, Pacific Minerals has agreed to issue Ivanhoe 2.
Human-rights advocates accused Clinton of capitulating by agreeing to frequent meetings with China's leaders without rights concessions.
The survey found that frequent breakdowns and maintenance costs are the primary reasons for selling a vehicle, with 49 percent and 36 percent agreeing, respectively.
While agreeing that spam is a current and growing problem, 42 percent of respondents also reported that they didn't use a spam filter.
The City and Central Hudson signed a separate agreement last July under which construction of the new facilities was resumed, with Central Hudson agreeing to fund the expected costs of $2.
acknowledges payment in full after agreeing to the amend original contract which included payment to reduce the number of shares from 150,000 to 50,000 shares.