verb ac·qui·esce \ˌa-kwē-ˈes\

: to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing


Full Definition of ACQUIESCE

intransitive verb
:  to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively —often used with in and sometimes with to

Examples of ACQUIESCE

  1. They demanded it, and he acquiesced.
  2. <apparently the contractor expected me to acquiesce to my own fleecing>
  3. … the tender understanding with which he had acquiesced to her wish not to consummate their relationship out of wedlock. —Dorothy West, The Wedding, 1995


French acquiescer, from Latin acquiescere, from ad- + quiescere to be quiet — more at quiescent
First Known Use: 1651


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