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 formal, 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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Lam reiterated that the government cannot accede to the protesters’ other demands. Washington Post, "HK leader says bill withdrawal own decision, not Beijing’s," 5 Sep. 2019 While some social media users expressed disappointment in the queen’s acceding to Mr. Johnson’s request, observers noted that, in modern times, the reigning monarch has always obliged such a request from the government. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Boris Johnson’s ‘Explosive’ Move to Get His Way on Brexit: Suspend Parliament," 28 Aug. 2019 This doesn’t explain why the authorities acceded to this request when Epstein, only weeks earlier, had been found unconscious in his cell, with bruises on his neck. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Mysterious Deaths of the Rich and Ruined," 12 Aug. 2019 For now, most market observers are betting the Fed will accede to Wall Street's calls for lower rates. Matt Egan, CNN, "Inside the Fed's 'hall of mirrors' problem," 9 July 2019 Reports on a possible deal, quoting Israeli, European and American experts, suggest the U.S. could accede to Mr. Assad’s remaining in power in exchange for Russian promises to limit Iranian influence. David Satter, WSJ, "Putin’s Aggression Is the Issue in Helsinki," 15 July 2018 On June 6, more than 300 workers at Vox Media staged a walkout in protest of management’s refusal to accede to their contract demands. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "How to Save Journalism," 11 July 2019 Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive, refuses to countenance acceding to the protest demands. The Economist, "Protesters in Hong Kong take their grievances to the airport," 13 Aug. 2019 India had granted this special status when the state, at that time a monarchy, acceded to the country soon after independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India will have a difficult time resurrecting democracy in Kashmir," 5 Aug. 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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