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 Politicians and local officials have a mess on their hands—children falling behind in learning, parents overloaded—and a strong incentive to accede to a demand. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 31 May 2022 The two Lakotas, perhaps the most famous Native Americans of their day, pushed back strenuously against white encroachment for decades, refusing to sign treaties or accede to confinement on reservations. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, 14 June 2022 Western diplomats predict that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who has been as contentious a partner to NATO as Mr. Orban has been to the European Union, will wring concessions from the allies but ultimately accede. New York Times, 31 May 2022 The mothers argue, but ultimately accede to the nurses’ unflinching authority. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 Financial analysts have speculated that Musk’s complaints about bots are part of a plan to put pressure on Twitter to accede to a lower sales price to close the deal. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 But neither the United States nor other world powers have given Israel — the stronger party — any incentive to accede to such an arrangement. Joseph Krauss, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 But neither the United States nor other world powers have given Israel — the stronger party — any incentive to accede to such an arrangement. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 12 May 2022 In an interview on Sunday with independent Russian media — an interview censored in Russia itself — Mr. Zelensky restated his willingness to accede to at least some Russian demands. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2022 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 9 Aug. 2022.

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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.

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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