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 With two weeks to go before Opening Day last year, the Rangers acceded to the inevitable: There wasn’t a spot for Calhoun on a roster loaded with lefty-hitting corner outfielders. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Willie Calhoun’s evolution: How life lessons and some ‘Mamba Mentality’ helped reshape the Rangers’ OF," 22 Feb. 2020 Instead of acceding to political demands, Beijing has appointed a new director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong to act as enforcer. Time, "'I Absolutely Will Not Back Down.' Meet the Young People at the Heart of Hong Kong's Rebellion," 23 Jan. 2020 Some conservatives have complained that Trump acceded to too many Democratic demands over issues like labor rights and the environment. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Senate approves USMCA, as Texas Sens. Cornyn and Cruz back Trump’s revamped North American trade deal," 16 Jan. 2020 Like other denominations, the RCA didn’t accede to Forman’s demand that reparations be handed over freely. Washington Post, "Reparations and Religion: 50 years after ‘Black Manifesto’," 30 Dec. 2019 As soon as the guns of World War II fell silent, Britain’s Labour Party nationalized every major industry and acceded to every socialist demand of the unions. Lee Edwards, National Review, "Three Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It," 14 Oct. 2019 Opponents of Brexit made what may be a critical mistake by leaving Johnson in power as prime minister, rather than forcing him out with a vote of no-confidence, or acceding to his wish for a general election. John Authers | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Brexit Comedy of Errors Includes a Resilient Pound," 26 Sep. 2019 In 1947, after India's independence from British colonial rule, the former ruler of Jammu and Kashmir was given an option to accede to either Pakistan or India and, in exchange for protection, chose the latter. Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN, "Under the curtain: Kashmir residents contend with pellet guns and restrictions," 28 Aug. 2019 The deal was sealed when Democrats agreed to more money this year for the military--$738 billion--and Trump acceded to higher spending on domestic programs, totaling $632 billion. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Final 2020 spending bill is kind to U.S. research," 16 Dec. 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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“Accede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for accede


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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