accede

verb
ac·cede | \ak-ˈsēd, ik-\
acceded; acceding

Definition of accede 

intransitive verb

formal

1a : to express approval or give consent : to agree to a request or demand usually + to The government acceded to their demands.

b : to become a party to something (such as an agreement) usually + to accede to the terms of a contract

2 : to enter upon an office or position usually + to He acceded to the throne [=became king] in 1838.

3 archaic : approach

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Synonyms & Antonyms for accede

Synonyms

acquiesce, agree, assent, come round, consent, subscribe

Antonyms

dissent

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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

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Democrats did accede to one significant change to the 2017 tax law. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Four Words Missing in the New Tax Law Give Restaurants Heartburn," 10 July 2018 In 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 20 June 2018 This year, on January 3, the governing ERPDF regime finally acceded to protesters’ demands. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018 Eisenhower acceded to his relentless demands for resources, including American airborne divisions and vast numbers of transport aircraft. The Economist, "Anthony Beevor’s new history of Arnhem," 24 May 2018 Ricketts’s father, Joe, founded the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade—insists that a man who grew up sleeping on Caribbean dirt accede fully to his terms. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 Liberals have got to stop acceding to the toxic premise that government is bad. David Roberts, Vox, "Big oil and Bush-era lobbyists are teaming up to support a carbon tax," 22 June 2018 Two Republican senators expressed doubts Sunday that North Korea would accede to President Donald Trump’s demand of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula if diplomatic talks between the two countries are set back on track. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "GOP Senators Express Doubt Over Denuclearization in North Korea Talks," 27 May 2018 Visibly pleased that one of the most visible symbols of American culture acceded to his demands, Trump pressed his advantage. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Most Unpatriotic President Ever Says Kneeling NFL Players ‘Shouldn’t Be in the Country’," 24 May 2018

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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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accede

verb
ac·cede | \ak-ˈsēd \
acceded; acceding

Kids Definition of accede

: to agree to They acceded to our demands.

ac·cede | \ak-ˈsēd, ik- \
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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