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verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkȯrd\

Simple Definition of accord

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

Full Definition of accord

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into agreement :  reconcile

  3. 2 :  to grant or give especially as appropriate, due, or earned

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to arrive at an agreement

  6. 2 obsolete :  to give consent

  7. 3 :  to be consistent or in harmony :  agree —usually used with with <a theory that accords with the known facts>

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>.



noun ac·cord

Simple Definition of accord

  • : a formal or official agreement

  • : a situation or state in which people or things agree

Full Definition of accord

  1. 1 a :  agreement, conformity <acted in accord with the company's policy> b :  a formal reaching of agreement :  compact, treaty

  2. 2 :  balanced interrelationship :  harmony

  3. 3 obsolete :  assent

  4. 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

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