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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.
agree to differ
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 differ before it impacted their friendship. I'm sick of arguing with you, so let's just agree to differ 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.
birds in their little nests agree
Housemates should try to treat each other amicably. Even though I know that birds in their little nests agree, I can't seem to stop myself from arguing with my sister all the time.
couldn't agree more
Agree completely. Typically used in the first person (preceded by "I"), but also seen in some third-person constructions. A: "Regardless of what your political views are, we need more civility in our discourse." B: "I couldn't agree more. I'm glad to hear you say that." We've heard what you've had to say, and frankly we couldn't agree more. It's just that we don't have the funding.
not agree with (someone or something)
1. To not share the same opinion or feeling as someone. I'm afraid I don't agree with Janet on this one. I think we should be lowering our rates, not raising them. We all agree with you—this whole situation got completely out of hand.
2. To not support or condone something. I really don't agree with raising taxes on anyone but the most wealthy in society. The board doesn't agree with your findings, Doctor.
3. Of food, to cause illness or discomfort in someone's digestive tract. Those gas station nachos didn't agree with me at all. I love living in India, but spicy foods just don't agree with me, so mealtimes here have been a little bit tricky.
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 differor
agree to disagree
If two people who are arguing about something agree to differ or agree to disagree, they decide to stop arguing because neither of them is going to change their opinion. I find some of his views very curious and we've agreed to differ on some things. You and I are going to have to agree to disagree on this issue.
agree to differcease to argue about something because neither party will compromise or be persuaded.
aˌgree to ˈdiffer(of two or more people) allow each other to have different opinions about something, especially in order to avoid more argument: Our views on this matter are so different that we’ll just have to agree to differ.
I ˌcouldn’t agree (with you) ˈmoreI completely agree (with you): I couldn’t agree with you more about the need to hire extra staff.
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.