Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Superiority; mastery.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English gre, from Old French, step, from Latin gradus; see grade.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French gré ("pleasure, goodwill"), from Latin gratum, a noun use of the neuter of gratus ("pleasing").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French gré, from Latin gradum ("step"). Compare degree, grade.

Examples

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

    February 9, 2008

  • are you in greement

    April 17, 2009