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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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ISLAMABAD -- Co-Chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday rejected the claims of reaching an understanding with the government.
ISLAMABAD -- Co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Sunday rejected the claims of reaching an understanding with the government.
On May 14, Pakistan allowed Colonel Hall to fly back home after reaching an understanding with Washington.
Reaching an understanding with these powers on the Iranian nuclear issue is "very easy," Zarif said adding that "building mutual confidence is necessary to reach an understanding" in this regard.
Taliban chief Mullah Omar had said in his Eid message that although he had rejected the upcoming Afghanistan 2014 general elections, he believed in reaching an understanding with the Afghans regarding an inclusive government based on Islamic principles.
"The parliament, government and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) are committed to the country's national interests, while they also believe in reaching an understanding with this group (5+1 powers)," Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.
"The decision was made because of the impossibility of reaching an understanding with the Serie B clubs." Relationships between the two divisions have been fraught for several years with constant battles over how much money the lower-tier clubs should receive.