Definition of accede
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
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 of accede from the Web
Indeed, China, the next biggest economic power on Earth, would accede to the lead role in climate reform if the U.S. exits the Paris accord.
In Afghanistan, the administration seems poised to accede to a troop surge, despite resistance from the State Department and some within the White House — including senior adviser Stephen Bannon — who fear the costly plan won’t work.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of accede
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Definition of accede for Students
: to agree to They acceded to our demands.
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 property — In 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 debtor — Directory Int'l, Inc. v. Bates Mfg. Co., 91 B.R. 738 (1988)
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