Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots Superiority; mastery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a flight of steps.
  • n. A stage in a process; a degree of rank or station.
  • n. Pre-eminence; victory or superiority in combat (hence also, the prize for winning a combat).
  • n. A degree.
  • n. Pleasure, goodwill, satisfaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Good will; favor; pleasure; satisfaction; -- used esp. in such phrases as: to take in gree; to accept in gree; that is, to take favorably.
  • n. Rank; degree; position.
  • n. The prize; the honor of the day.
  • n. A step.
  • intransitive v. To agree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To agree; consent.
  • To live in amity.
  • To reconcile (parties at variance).
  • n. A step; a stair.
  • n. A step or degree in a series; a degree in order or rank; degree; order of precedence or merit.
  • n. Pleasure; satisfaction: especially in the phrases to take, receive, or accept in gree (that is, to take, receive, or accept kindly or with favor).

Etymologies

Middle English gre, from Old French, step, from Latin gradus; see grade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gré, from Latin gradum ("step"). Compare degree, grade. (Wiktionary)
From Old French gré ("pleasure, goodwill"), from Latin gratum, a noun use of the neuter of gratus ("pleasing"). (Wiktionary)

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  • are you in greement

    April 17, 2009

  • To "bear the gree" means to be assured of decisive victory.

    February 9, 2008