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>
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of accede
Middle English, from Latin accedere to go to, be added, from ad- + cedere to go
First Known Use: 15th century
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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