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[dis-uh-gree] /ˌdɪs əˈgri/
verb (used without object), disagreed, disagreeing.
to fail to agree; differ:
The conclusions disagree with the facts. The theories disagree in their basic premises.
to differ in opinion; dissent:
Three of the judges disagreed with the verdict.
to quarrel:
They disagreed violently and parted company.
to cause physical discomfort or ill effect (usually followed by with):
The oysters disagreed with her. Cold weather disagrees with me.
Origin of disagree
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French desagreer. See dis-1, agree
Related forms
predisagree, verb (used without object), predisagreed, predisagreeing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disagree
  • Then those of us who may disagree their opinion have the option of cutting up our cards and not doing business with them.
  • Scientists who disagree argue that much of the thickest ice had been piled up by winds far from the subs' tracks.
  • People on any website clamoring about how they disagree because what they see.
  • But many watermen disagree that their harvests are to blame, and say the problem is much more complex.
  • Please read the paper and tell us which aspects of it you disagree with and why.
  • Doctors often disagree about the best course of treatment and overestimate the benefits of surgery while downplaying the risks.
  • On complex issues, as is often said, it is possible for intelligent people to disagree.
  • And he tends too often to accuse people who disagree with him of bad faith.
  • But they disagree over the source of their disagreement.
  • Physicists in the field disagree about exactly what the observation means.
British Dictionary definitions for disagree


verb -grees, -greeing, -greed (intransitive) often foll by with
to dissent in opinion (from another person) or dispute (about an idea, fact, etc)
to fail to correspond; conflict
to be unacceptable (to) or unfavourable (for); be incompatible (with): curry disagrees with me
to be opposed (to) in principle
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Word Origin and History for disagree

late 15c., "refuse to assent," from Old French desagreer (12c.), from des- (see dis-) + agreer (see agree). Related: Disagreed; disagreeing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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