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Agré, Aggré, v. Also: agree, agrie (egrie), agrey; aggree, aggrie, aggrey, aggry. [ME. agré (Chaucer), agree, OF. agréer.]

1. intr. Of persons: To arrive at an agreement, understanding, or settlement; to come to, be in, accord or harmony. Const. on, upon, or in a matter, to do something.(a) 1480 Edinb. B. Rec. 37 (gif they can nocht aggre thairvpon). 1555 Ib. 217 (to treit as thai can aggre on). 1562-3 Winȝet II. 10/20 (that the haly Fatheris aggreit nocht amangis thame selfis). 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 47 (as thai aggreit to put doune the King). a1570-86 Maitl. M. Fol. ci. 50 (that oure lordis can not aggre). 1609 Skene Reg. Mag. ii. 65 (the arbiters not aggreand).(b) 1529 Edinb. B. Rec. 3 (on quhat pryce thai can agrie thairvpon). 1558-66 Knox II. 199 (as the Parochenaris and Readaris can agree). 1596 Dalr. I. 312/27 (the kingis agriet thay walde … ). 1603 Philotus c. (our fatheris hes done agrie that … ).

b. Const. with (also till) a person.1510 Reg. Privy S. I. 317/1 (he has aggreit with D.B. anent his rycht). 1555 Edinb. B. Rec. 220 (to aggre with the Lard of Carnbe). 1572 Sat. P. xxiii. 68 (nane sa weill with me aggreit). 1603 Phil. cv. (ȝit thay may till vs agrie). 1631 Black Bk. Taymouth 73 (having aggriet with Dame E. S.).

c. To consent or assent to a matter, etc.a1585 Maitl. Q. lxix. 36 (thay maid me sone to thair assent aggrie). 1651 Nicoll Diary 44 (he sall consent and agrey to all acts of Parliament).

2. To answer or be similar to, to correspond or match with, something.c1515 Asl. MS. I. 327/31 (the xij artikillis aggreis to the xij prophettis). 1513 Doug. ix. Prol. 40 (the muse suld with the person aggre). 1541 Misc. Bann. C. I. 262 (the explication with the saids artikles fullelie aggreand). a1578 Pitsc. II. 283/8 (quhilk exampill aggries to the purpois). 1596 Dalr. I. 65/25 (in the rest thay agrie with thame of Orknay). 1622-6 Bisset I. 13/4 (the originall warrand aggreand with the registeris).

b. To be compatible or in harmony; to accord. Also with together.c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxx. 2 (thow that maid justice, mercie, and pietie to aggre). 1533 Gau 27/10 (that thair techine and prechine suld be agreand togider). 1586 Conv. Burghs I. 209 (that thair voitis be aggreand all in ane).

c. To be suited or adapted. With inf. 1610 Wemyss Corr. 59.
[He] is subiect to … infirmiteis, sua that his complexioun aggreis nocht to feid vpoun fishe

3. tr. To bring (persons) to agreement or harmony; to reconcile.1501 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 403 (to aggre tham by kindnes). 1531 Bell. Boece I. 194 (efter that scho had aggreit thaim). 1562-3 Winȝet I. 135/8 (for the aggreing al kirkis in the premisis). 1596 Dalr. I. 126/10 (to agrie the parties quhair was controuersie). 1622-6 Bisset I. 29/13 (ane iudge to be chosin to aggrie thame). 1689 Leven & Melv. P. 151 (overturs to aggry the king and thes heroes).

b. In passive: To have come to an agreement.c1475 Wall. viii. 1591 (quhen Wallace was agreit and this lord). 1560 Rolland Seven S. 164/16 (the Empreour is aggreit with thir four men). 1603 Moysie Mem. 105 (my lord Home quho wes aggreet with young Cesfuird).

4. To settle or adjust (a matter) by agreement; to arrange or compose (a difference, etc.).1560 Rolland Seven S. 117/24 (to aggre sic discordis). 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 204 (to aggree this ciuile difference). a1578 Pitsc. I. 377/12 (the ambassadouris agrieit the marieage).

b. p.p. Arranged, concerted, or determined by common consent.1482 Edinb. Chart. 146 (quhairas it wes commonid and aggreit that … ). 1517 Edinb. B. Rec. 167 (it is appoinctit, aggreit and finallie concordit as efter followis). 1592 Conv. Burghs I. 427 (vpoun sic pryces as sall be agreit).

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