accession

noun
ac·​ces·​sion | \ ik-ˈse-shən How to pronounce accession (audio) , ak- \

Definition of accession

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act or process by which someone rises to a position of honor or power the accession of a new queen a politician's accession to power Queen Victoria's accession to the throne/crown occurred in 1837.
b : an act of coming near or to something : approach, admittance
2 : something added : acquisition the museum's latest accessions
3a : increase by something added
b : acquisition of additional property (as by growth or increase of existing property)
4 : the act of assenting or agreeing
5a : the act of becoming joined : adherence
b : the act by which one nation becomes party to an agreement already in force between other powers
6 : a sudden fit or outburst : access

accession

verb
accessioned; accessioning; accessions

Definition of accession (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to record in order of acquisition Each book in the library had been carefully accessioned.

Other Words from accession

Noun

accessional \ ik-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce accession (audio) , -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl , ak-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for accession

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of accession in a Sentence

Noun the accession of Queen Elizabeth II an exhibit of the museum's latest accessions
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his objections to the two countries’ accession to the alliance. Tarini Parti And Jared Malsin, WSJ, 19 May 2022 This week, Turkey blocked initial talks about cementing the applicants’ accession. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Nonetheless, Turkey's raising of its grievances has led to concerns in Washington and Brussels that other NATO members might also use the admission process as a way to wring concessions from allies, possibly complicating and delaying accession. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2022 Nonetheless, Turkey’s raising of its grievances has led to concerns in Washington and Brussels that other NATO members might also use the admission process as a way to wring concessions from allies, possibly complicating and delaying accession. Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 Finland announced its plans to move forward with accession on Thursday. Grayson Quay, The Week, 14 May 2022 The country's accession would more than double Russia's land border with NATO. ABC News, 12 May 2022 If Finland’s president and the governing Social Democrats in both countries come out in favor of accession in the next few days, NATO could soon add two members right on Russia’s doorstep. Karl Ritter, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 If Finland’s president and the governing Social Democrats in both countries come out in favor of accession in the next few days, NATO could soon add two members on Russia’s doorstep. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The National Gallery accessioned some 8,300 works, including pieces by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Edward Hopper and Jenny Holzer, transforming its holdings of American and contemporary art and photography. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 The artworks that brought in the huge sums at Christie’s were being de-accessioned by the Fujita Museum in Osaka, Japan. Graham Bowley, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of accession

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accession

Noun

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French accession "acquisition, increase" (Old French also "attack of an illness"), borrowed from Latin accessiōn-, accessiō "approach, onset, paroxysm, addition, accessory," from accēdere "to approach" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at accede

Verb

derivative of accession entry 1

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The first known use of accession was in 1551

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26 May 2022

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“Accession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accession. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for accession

accession

noun
ac·​ces·​sion | \ ak-ˈse-shən How to pronounce accession (audio) \

Kids Definition of accession

: the rise to a position of power accession to the throne

accession

noun
ac·​ces·​sion | \ ik-ˈse-shən, ak- How to pronounce accession (audio) \

Legal Definition of accession

1 : increase by something added specifically : the mode of acquiring property by which the owner of property (as a building, land, or cattle) becomes the owner of an addition by growth, improvement, increase, or labor
2 : the act of assenting or agreeing

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