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 + 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 formal : to enter upon an office or position usually + to He acceded to the throne [=became king] in 1838.
3 archaic, formal : 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 Zink’s book is ambitious in its refusal to accede to recognizable ambitions; but once again, for this reader, the question of what’s at stake resoundingly recurs. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Rather, the takeaway from this polling is that Republican officials don't have to bend over backwards to accede to every Trump demand. Harry Enten, CNN, 10 Apr. 2022 Some still hope that MBS will not accede to the throne. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 Yamhill County Commissioner Mary Starrett is no longer holding her health department hostage for failing to discredit COVID-19 vaccines, even though county health officials did not accede to Starrett’s most controversial demands. oregonlive, 27 Jan. 2022 Should Putin tell Biden on Tuesday that NATO must not admit Ukraine as a member -- as he is expected to do -- Biden is not likely to accede to the demand. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 7 Dec. 2021 The government’s decision to accede to their demands has come after prime minister Modi’s announcement last month about the repeal of the three farm laws. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 9 Dec. 2021 But this explanation doesn’t match the timeline of the Islamic State war and downplays the far more decisive influence of sanctions in pressuring Iran to accede. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 Yet large business lobbies and legislative leaders didn’t accede to DeSantis’ call for stripping the liability protections against COVID-19 claims away from businesses that impose a vaccine mandate. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accede. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for accede

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.

accede

intransitive verb
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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