reach an understanding

reach an understanding

To achieve some state of mutual agreement (with someone) about something, especially after a period of discussion, debate, negotiation, etc. I've reached an understanding with my ex-wife about how we'll handle raising the kids. We've tried to be diplomatic with the other party during these negotiations, but we're finding it possible to reach an understanding.
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"Later, if I am worth more, we can easily reach an understanding." Werper's only desire at the moment was to preserve his life.
Al-Jarallah noted that military cooperation with the UK is historic and "we look forward to strengthening it." He pointed out that the talks about a British military presence in Kuwait are a subject under discussion, stressing the two sides' keenness to reach the best means of cooperation will enable to reach an understanding in this regard.
During a tour of the southern city of Ashkelon, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel would much prefer to reach an understanding with Hamas for a truce in the Gaza Strip, but is at the same preparing a broad campaign "that will surprise everyone."
"If you look at the core of the issue, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) needs to reach an understanding with Iran, not just Saudi Arabia and Iran -- all of us are living in the same neighbourhood and we need to reach an understanding.
He said, 'We were able to reach an understanding and the employees have agreed to call off strike, which is being implemented.' He said that the minister has accepted all demands of the employees and assured full support to meet the genuine demands of the PIMS employees.
He said reconciliation is not assuring the enemy and agreeing to their demands but when all stakeholders realise the error of their ways, accept responsibility, and reach an understanding after acknowledging the mistakes.
DISY leader Averof Neophytou said on Thursday that it would be easier for him to reach an understanding on the Cyprus problem with the leftist Turkish Cypriot parties and that he has "political chemistry" with Diko head, Nicholas Papadopoulos.
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Naqvi's lawyer said that the adjournment was an opportunity for both sides to reach an understanding.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters at a news conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that the parties had failed to reach an understanding on the Skripal case,TASSreports.
MNA Shehzadi Umerzadi Tiwana chaired the meeting in which the FIA was also directed to reach an understanding with concerned US departments so that details of users behind such posts could be obtained.FIA had previously informed the committee that 15 users were based in India while two were operating from Pakistan.
Zardari said that in the past for the sake of saving democracy he tried to reach an understanding with the PML-N leader.
When lovers easily quarrel and hardly reach an understanding, they will end up getting separated.
"Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah blocked the way before Hariri's initiative when Nasrallah asked Aoun to reach an understanding with MP Sleiman Frangieh and Speaker Nabih Berri -- it's impossible," Janjanian said in an interview with Voice of Lebanon radio station Friday.