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1accord

verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkrd\

: to give (something, such as special treatment or status) to someone or something

Full Definition of ACCORD

transitive verb
1
:  to bring into agreement :  reconcile
2
:  to grant or give especially as appropriate, due, or earned
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  to arrive at an agreement
2
obsolete :  to give consent
3
:  to be consistent or in harmony :  agree —usually used with with <a theory that accords with the known facts>
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Examples of ACCORD

  1. He was accorded certain favors because of his age.
  2. <claims that the newspaper's quote does not accord with what he actually said>

Origin of ACCORD

Middle English, from Anglo-French acorder, from Vulgar Latin *accordare, from Latin ad- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart
First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of ACCORD

grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld <granted them a new hearing>. concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim <even her critics concede she can be charming>. vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension <vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples>. accord implies giving to another what is due or proper <accorded all the honors befitting a head of state>. award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors <awarded the company a huge defense contract>.

2accord

noun

: a formal or official agreement

: a situation or state in which people or things agree

Full Definition of ACCORD

1
a :  agreement, conformity <acted in accord with the company's policy>
b :  a formal reaching of agreement :  compact, treaty
2
:  balanced interrelationship :  harmony
3
obsolete :  assent
4
:  voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act <gave generously of their own accord>

Examples of ACCORD

  1. The two sides were able to reach an accord.
  2. <hoped to bring about a peace accord between the warring nations>

Origin of ACCORD

Middle English, from Anglo-French acord, from acorder
First Known Use: 13th century
ACCORD Defined for Kids

1accord

verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkrd\
ac·cord·edac·cord·ing

Definition of ACCORD for Kids

1
:  1give 3 <The teacher accorded them special privileges.>
2
:  to be in harmony :  agree <Your story of the accident accords with theirs.>

2accord

noun

Definition of ACCORD for Kids

1
:  agreement 1, harmony <He acted in accord with the rules.>
2
:  willingness to act or to do something <They left of their own accord.>

Word Root of ACCORD

The Latin word cor, meaning heart, and its form cordis give us the root cord. Words from the Latin cor have something to do with the heart. When there is discord, or disagreement, hearts are apart. When there is accord, or agreement, hearts have moved together. Anything that is cordial, such as a welcome, comes from the heart.

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