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

Definition of accede

intransitive verb

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


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



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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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If banks don’t accede to the demands, the community groups, many operating on shoestring budgets, circulate petitions and mount protests outside bank headquarters that garner publicity. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Bankers vs. Activists: Battle Lines Form Over Low-Income Lending Rules," 25 Sep. 2018 Aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s Death The people close to the royal family said Saudi Arabia won’t accede to Mr. Erdogan’s demands to turn over suspects for trial in Turkey. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "U.S. Takes Diplomatic Action Against Saudis Believed Tied to Journalist’s Killing," 23 Oct. 2018 Trump’s approach could leave him exposed to legal challenges if a judge won’t accede to Sessions’ request to modify the Flores settlement. Matt Viser,, "Trump reverses course after outcry over separating children from parents," 21 June 2018 This comes on the heels of Congress’s refusal to accede to Mr. Trump’s demands for further funds to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border and the Senate’s December vote to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s operations in Yemen. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Foreign-Policy Critics Are Losing," 4 Feb. 2019 Analysts say Sissi is eliminating threats to his rule, in large part because Egypt’s powerful military regrets that Mubarak gave an opening to Islamists and other opponents by acceding to Western pressure to hold elections in 2005. Washington Post, "The ghosts of the Arab Spring haunt Egypt’s sham election," 28 Mar. 2018 Now, the question becomes whether a trilateral pact becomes a bilateral deal — or if Trump’s threats pressure Canada to return to the negotiating table and accede to many of the United States’ demands. Ana Swanson, The Seattle Times, "Trump strikes a trade deal with Mexico and threatens to freeze out Canada," 27 Aug. 2018 Mattingly said McConnell wants to keep Trump happy, and acceding to Trump's demand to do away with some of the recess is an easy way to preserve the current state of the relationship. John King, Cnn Chief National Correspondent, CNN, "Rosenstein 'remarkably calm' amid Russia storm," 27 May 2018 But the idea that Iran, which was cooperating with the nuclear deal before the U.S. violated its end of the bargain, will accede to any of these diktats is a mirage, as Pompeo surely knows. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Pompeo Unveils Hyperaggressive Iran Strategy That Hints at Regime Change," 21 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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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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