verb con·sent \kən-ˈsent\

: to agree to do or allow something : to give permission for something to happen or be done

Full Definition of CONSENT

intransitive verb
:  to give assent or approval :  agree <consent to being tested>
archaic :  to be in concord in opinion or sentiment
con·sent·er noun
con·sent·ing·ly \-ˈsen-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CONSENT

  1. He was reluctant at first but finally consented.
  2. <refused to consent to the marriage>

Origin of CONSENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French consentir, from Latin consentire, from com- + sentire to feel — more at sense
First Known Use: 13th century



: permission for something to happen or be done

: agreement about an opinion or about something that will happen or be done

Full Definition of CONSENT

:  compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another :  acquiescence <he shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties — United States Constitution>
:  agreement as to action or opinion; specifically :  voluntary agreement by a people to organize a civil society and give authority to the government

Examples of CONSENT

  1. He did not give his consent for the use of his name in the advertisement.
  2. No one may use the vehicle without the consent of the owner.

First Known Use of CONSENT

14th century


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