Agreeing 1

1 to agree with someone or something

agree verb [intransitive and transitive] to have the same opinion as someone, or to think that a statement is correct:

• Many people agreed with his views about the war.

• I completely agree with Chomsky when he says that humans are born with a special ability to learn language.

• Most experts agree that dieting needs to be accompanied by regular exercise.

STUDY NOTE: Grammar

Don’t say ‘agree someone's opinion' or ‘agree to someone's opinion'. Say agree with someone's opinion.

 

share somebody's view/concern/fear etc to have the same opinion, concern, fear etc as someone else:

• I share her concerns about the lack of women in high academic positions.

• A lot of people share his view that tourism will have a negative impact on the island.

• This fear was shared by union leaders, who saw the new law as an attack on their rights.

 

subscribe to a view/theory etc to agree with an opinion or idea:

• There are a number of scientists who subscribe to the view that there is a God who controls the workings of the universe.

• Some people think that there are cases where torture is justified. I, for one, do not subscribe to this theory.

 

be of the same opinion if people are of the same opinion, they agree with each other:

• All three specialists were of the same opinion about the cause of her illness.

• Professor Dawkins is of the same opinion as Dr Jones.

 

concur verb [intransitive and transitive] a formal word meaning to agree:

• The committee concurred with this view.

• Most modern historians would readily concur that (=agree without any hesitation) this was an event of huge importance.

• As most biblical scholars concur, the letter could not have been written by any contemporary of Jesus.

 

somebody is right/somebody makes a valid point used when you agree with what someone says:

• Darwin was right when he argued that humans and higher mammals are closely related.

• Cox makes a valid point when he questions our ability to remain objective.

 

 

Agreeing 2

2 to partly agree with someone or something

 

agree up to a point to partly agree with someone or something:

• Although I agree with him up to a point, I find it hard to believe that this is true in every case.

 

broadly agree to agree with most parts of something:

• The conference delegates broadly agreed with the proposals.

 

there is some truth in used when saying that you think that something is partly true or right:

There is some truth in the argument that there is a link between violence on our streets and violence on our TV screens.

• There is some truth in all of these theories, but none of them can fully explain the causes of unemployment.

 

Agreeing 3

3 when a group of people agree

 

agreement noun [uncountable] if there is agreement on something, people agree about it:

• Today there is general agreement that pollution from cars and planes is threatening the future of our planet.

There is widespread agreement on the need for prison reform. (=most people agree about it)

• Geologists are mostly in agreement about how the islands were formed. (=most of them agree about it)

• The two sides were unable to reach agreement. (=they could not agree with each other)

 

consensus noun [singular,uncountable] agreement between most of the people in a group about something, especially with the result that they decide on a particular course of action:

• There is now a general consensus among scientists on the causes of global warming.

• There was a growing consensus that the military government had to be replaced.

 

common ground noun [singular, uncountable] things that people agree about, especially when there are other things that they disagree about:

• There are many areas of common ground between the two philosophers.

• Despite their differing backgrounds, they found common ground in their interest in science.

 

unanimous adjective if a group of people are unanimous on something, they all have the same opinion about it:

• Medical experts are unanimous on this issue.

• They were unanimous in their opposition to the plan.

• a unanimous decision by the three judges

 

widely held view/belief etc an opinion, belief etc that many people have:

• There is a widely held view among business experts that selling off a business to a management team is not in the best interests of the company's shareholders.

• There is a widely held belief that advanced western societies are becoming more and more criminalized.

 

widely/generally accepted if something is widely or generally accepted, it is thought to be true by most people:

• It is now widely accepted that the universe began with the so-called 'big bang'.

It is generally accepted that electricity generated from nuclear power is more expensive than other forms of electricity.