ADJ. bitter, considerable, deep, major, serious, sharp, substantial, total, wide There is wide disagreement on this issue. | minor, slight | basic, fundamental | continuing | internal internal disagreements within the party | family | policy, political
VERB + DISAGREEMENT be in, have They were in disagreement about the move to Cambridge. The things she said were always in disagreement, with the teacher or another member of the class. They had a disagreement about the best way to get to Manchester. | express She expressed disagreement with the government's policy. | resolve, settle, solve How is a basic disagreement of this nature to be resolved? | cause, lead to | be open to This view is subjective and therefore open to disagreement.
DISAGREEMENT + VERB arise, occur A disagreement arose over who should pay for the trip. | exist Disagreement exists over the pattern of demand for coal. | remain | centre around/on sb/sth a disagreement centring on the link between crime and unemployment
PREP. in ~ He shook his head in disagreement. | ~ about/over They had a major disagreement over who should clean the car. | ~ among/amongst, ~ as to There is considerable disagreement among archaeologists as to the age of the sculpture. | ~ between a serious disagreement between the two experts | ~ on There is fundamental disagreement on these matters. | ~ with He had a disagreement with his girlfriend.
PHRASES an area of disagreement There are several areas of disagreement between the two governments. | a source of disagreement Money was a constant source of disagreement. | room/scope for disagreement There is plenty of room for disagreement in this controversial area.