verb ac·cede \ak-ˈsēd, ik-\

Definition of accede





  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to enter upon an office or position —usually + to He acceded to the throne [=became king] in 1838.

  4. 3 archaic :  approach

Examples of accede in a sentence

  1. His son acceded upon the king's death.

  2. 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 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

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of accede

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

ACCEDE Defined for Kids


verb ac·cede \ak-ˈsēd\

Definition of accede for Students




  1. :  to agree to They acceded to our demands.

Law Dictionary


intransitive verb ac·cede \ak-ˈsēd, ik-\

Legal Definition of accede



  1. 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. 2 :  to assume an office or position acceded to the governorship

  3. 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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