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 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 But a growing number of top Republicans appear willing to accede to reality. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Unpardonable Sins of Lindsey Graham," 18 Nov. 2020 This is one reason why responsible campus leaders have not and will not simply accede to such demands. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "Northwestern President Offers Tutorial on Campus Leadership," 28 Oct. 2020 Jones and Ferguson declined to accede to Progressive Maryland’s push for a special session. Washington Post, "Armed with $1 million, John King launches new group to address systemic racism in Maryland," 5 Oct. 2020 As relations deteriorated between the Soviets and the Western Allies, however, London and Washington were increasingly prepared to accede to the wishes of those who saw no place for themselves in their homelands. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘The Last Million’ Review: The Point of No Return," 5 Oct. 2020 But if the House proves unable to reach a majority, the vice president-elect would accede. John Yoo, WSJ, "A Winding Constitutional Path From Trump to Pence to Pompeo," 2 Oct. 2020 Others accede to Chinese investments that give the CCP access to such technology. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, "China’s Statist System Is No Match for Free Markets," 24 Sep. 2020 King Salman left a Riyadh hospital on Thursday after a 10-day stay that included an operation to remove his gallbladder, quieting speculation that his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman might soon accede to the throne. Stephen Kalin, WSJ, "Saudi King Leaves Hospital One Week After Surgery," 30 July 2020 The city refused to immediately accede to all of the Praters’ demands. NBC News, "Her son was killed by police. Then she won the right to teach new cops.," 14 June 2020

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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