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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.
To accept a proposal or idea in accord with others; to reach a consensus. The union and the company have finally agreed on the terms of the new contract. Bob and Sheila are both so busy that they can't agree upon a date for the party.
To approve of or consent to something. I will agree to wash the dishes if you will take out the trash. We refuse to agree to this contract until we are fully satisfied with its terms.
agree to disagree
Of two parties, to mutually accept that they simply do not (and will not) share the same view on a particular issue, in the interest of moving past the issue or avoiding further confrontation. After their discussion about politics intensified, Fred and Sue had to agree to disagree before it impacted their friendship. I'm sick of arguing with you, so let's just agree to disagree and move on from this issue.
1. To share the same opinion as another person or group. I agree with the way management is trying to address the problem of employee tardiness. I don't agree with your methods of disciplining your children—I think they're much too harsh.
2. To have no ill effects on someone. (Usually used in the negative in reference to food that has made one ill.) I feel so nauseous right now—I guess that burger I ate for lunch just didn't agree with me.
3. To be in accordance with something else. The scientist's findings agree with the study published by the government's health organization. Can you tally these again? The numbers just don't agree with what's written here.
4. To make one happy; to suit one's personality well. Look at how happy she is! Being on stage certainly agrees with her.
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.
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.
agree (up)on someone or something
to agree to the choice of someone or something. Let's try to agree upon a date.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.