accede

verb
ac·​cede | \ ak-ˈsēd How to pronounce accede (audio) , 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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The mountainous Kashmir region was free to accede to either India or Pakistan after the two countries separated in 1947. Jessie Yeung And Sophia Saifi, CNN, "Pakistan will 'go to any extent' to fight India's plan for Kashmir," 7 Aug. 2019 But the 49ers don’t have to accede to his wishes, and the Bears haven’t shown public interest. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 74, Robbie Gould," 24 June 2019 Over the last year, one game company after another has quietly acceded to Chinese government demands to limit the amount of time young people spend on their games. Los Angeles Times, "How U.S. video game companies are building tools for China’s surveillance state," 22 July 2019 Nissan eventually acceded to the demands, and the board was reorganized last month to include more independent directors with more diverse backgrounds, including in the legal and entertainment industries. New York Times, "Renault and Nissan Need Each Other to Thrive in Future, 2 Leaders Say," 21 July 2019 Unlike many unyielding chefs, Star will accede to customers’ requests, no matter how upsetting. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hot dog! 100 years of wieners at Hot Dog Heaven in Fort Lauderdale and Arbetter’s in Miami," 2 July 2019 On February 11, 2011—one of the dates that Egyptians remember—the government finally acceded, with the Vice-President announcing that Mubarak had resigned, after almost thirty years in power. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Mohamed Morsi, Who Brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian Presidency," 19 June 2019 His elder son, Naruhito, acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1. Fox News, "Japan's former empress has heart problem but fine to travel," 11 June 2019 Singh asked for India’s help in staving off the invasion, but India responded that, in order to gain military assistance, Kashmir would have to accede to India, thus becoming part of the new country. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The Kashmir conflict: How did it start?," 2 Mar. 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

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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