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verb, ac·cede \ak-ˈsēd, ik-\

Simple Definition of accede

  • : to agree to a request or a demand

  • : to enter a high office or position

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accede


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to become a party (as to an agreement) b :  to express approval or give consent :  give in to a request or demand

  3. 2 archaic :  approach

  4. 3 :  to enter upon an office or position

Examples of accede in a sentence

  1. His son acceded upon the king's death.

  2. <finally acceded to their pleas for more time to complete the project>

Origin of accede

Middle English, from Latin accedere to go to, be added, from ad- + cedere to go

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of accede

assent, consent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe mean to concur with what has been proposed. assent implies an act involving the understanding or judgment and applies to propositions or opinions <voters assented to the proposal>. consent involves the will or feelings and indicates compliance with what is requested or desired <consented to their daughter's going>. accede implies a yielding, often under pressure, of assent or consent <officials acceded to the prisoners' demands>. acquiesce implies tacit acceptance or forbearance of opposition <acquiesced to his boss's wishes>. agree sometimes implies previous difference of opinion or attempts at persuasion <finally agreed to come along>. subscribe implies not only consent or assent but hearty approval and active support <subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea>.

ACCEDE Defined for Kids


verb ac·cede \ak-ˈsēd\

Definition of accede for Students


  1. :  to agree to <They acceded to our demands.>

Law Dictionary


intransitive verb ac·cede \ak-ˈsēd, ik-\

Legal Definition of accede


  1. 1a :  to become a party (as to an agreement) by associating oneself with others <they were invited to accede to the covenant> b :  to express approval or give consent <the banker asks for collateral. The debtor…accedes, and transfers some of his property — In re Patterson, 139 F. Supp. 830 (1956)>

  2. 2 :  to assume an office or position <acceded to the governorship>

  3. 3a :  to become added by way of growth, increase, improvement, or labor <the various improvements…had acceded to the realty and had become “fixtures” — Graham v. Henderson, 608 S.W.2d 150 (1980)> b :  to come into control or ownership of something <a trustee in bankruptcy specifically accedes to all property of the debtor — Directory Int'l, Inc. v. Bates Mfg. Co., 91 B.R. 738 (1988)>

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