accede

verb
ac·​cede | \ ak-ˈsēd How to pronounce accede (audio) , ik- \
acceded; acceding

Definition of accede

intransitive verb

1 formal
a : to express approval or give consent : to agree to a request or demand usually + toThe government acceded to their demands.
b : to become a party to something (such as an agreement) usually + toaccede to the terms of a contract
2 formal : to enter upon an office or position usually + toHe acceded to the throne [=became king] in 1838.
3 formal, archaic : approach

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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

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To accede usually means to yield, often under pressure and with some reluctance, to the needs or requests of others. Voters usually accede to a tax increase only when they're convinced it's the only real solution to a shortfall in government funding. A patient may accede to surgery only after the doctor assures him it's better than the alternatives. If you accede to your spouse's plea to watch the new reality show at 9:00, you may get to choose something better at 10:00.

Examples of accede in a Sentence

His son acceded upon the king's death. finally acceded to their pleas for more time to complete the project
Recent Examples on the Web Six months later, after three budget vetoes, the legislature acceded to Weicker’s wishes by adopting a tax package different from the original proposal, but still a top-to-bottom overhaul of the tax code. Mark Pazniokas, courant.com, "Despite what you may hear, the Connecticut income tax was never meant to be temporary," 29 Nov. 2019 This former arrangement was the condition under which J&K, under its late king Hari Singh, acceded to India following the subcontinent’s independence from British rule. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "As Jammu & Kashmir loses its political status, here’s what the past 80 days have meant for it," 31 Oct. 2019 By redeploying a few dozen American troops in Syria, the president acceded to a Turkish invasion of territory occupied by the Kurds. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "What Is Impeachment For?," 12 Oct. 2019 In exchange for protection, the then-ruler of the province acceded to India. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Tensions between India and Pakistan are ratcheting up over Kashmir. Here's why," 8 Aug. 2019 Facing threats from Pakistani militants, Kashmir’s Hindu ruler soon acceded the territory to India. Claire Parker, Washington Post, "India revoked Kashmir’s special status. Here’s what you need to know about the contested province.," 5 Aug. 2019 The Turkish assault, which began on Wednesday after President Trump acceded to it and moved American troops out of the way, has pulled the militia out of its fight against the remnants of the Islamic State in Syria. New York Times, "Turkish Forces Escalate Campaign in Syria Against Kurdish-Led Militia," 9 Oct. 2019 Here is the background: When the British hastily quit India in August 1947, the country was divided between India and Pakistan, and more than 500 princely states were given the option to accede to India or Pakistan. Ved Nanda, The Denver Post, "Nanda: Narendra Modi’s hearty welcome in Houston should be echoed in Kashmir," 27 Sep. 2019 Lam reiterated that the government cannot accede to the protesters’ other demands. Washington Post, "HK leader says bill withdrawal own decision, not Beijing’s," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of accede

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for accede

Middle English acceden "to come near, become adapted to," borrowed from Latin accēdere "to draw near, approach, side (with), be added (to)," from ad- ad- + cēdere "to go away, yield" — more at cede

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4 Dec 2019

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“Accede.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accede. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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accede

verb
ac·​cede | \ ak-ˈsēd How to pronounce accede (audio) \
acceded; acceding

Kids Definition of accede

: to agree to They acceded to our demands.
ac·​cede | \ ak-ˈsēd, ik- How to pronounce accede (audio) \
acceded; acceding

Legal Definition of accede

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 propertyIn re Patterson, 139 F. Supp. 830 (1956)
2 : to assume an office or position acceded to the governorship
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 debtorDirectory Int'l, Inc. v. Bates Mfg. Co., 91 B.R. 738 (1988)

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