ADJ. draft The draft agreement will be available two weeks before the meeting. | formal, written | legal, (legally) binding The agreement will be legally binding. | informal, tacit, verbal | voluntary | definitive | bilateral, international, multilateral, national | ceasefire, credit, hire-purchase, peace, trade
VERB + AGREEMENT negotiate, work towards We are working towards a formal ceasefire agreement. | conclude, enter into, reach, sign After hours of talks the government and the union have reached an agreement. | have We have an agreement to always tell each other the truth about everything. | be bound by We signed the agreement so we are now bound by it. | adhere to, honour, keep to, stick to You have not kept to our agreement. | break, go back on, renege on, violate Some employers reneged on agreements once the recession set in.
PREP. in an/the ~ a clause in the agreement | under an/the ~ Under the agreement, the farmer is not allowed to use this field. | ~ between an agreement between the company and the unions | ~ on They signed two agreements on improving economic co-operation. | ~ with a trade agreement with China
PHRASES breach of agreement He sued the company for breach of agreement. | the terms of the agreement The terms of the agreement do not allow such exports.
2 state of agreeing
ADJ. absolute, complete, full, total | broad, general, widespread | mutual
VERB + AGREEMENT arrive at, come to, reach I am hopeful that we can come to an agreement. The two sides failed to reach agreement. | nod He nodded his agreement. | get We will need to get the agreement of the local council.
PREP. by ~ The separation is by mutual agreement. | in ~ I think we are all in agreement that prices should be kept low. | in ~ with I am in agreement with you that she should be given more responsibilities. | with ~ With the agreement of all members of the club, we decided to organize a trip. | ~ among There is agreement among teachers that changes need to be made. | ~ between As yet there is no agreement between the two sides. | ~ on As yet there is no agreement on policies. > Special page at MEETING