accession

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noun

ac·​ces·​sion ik-ˈse-shən How to pronounce accession (audio)
ak-
1
a
: 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
3
a
: increase by something added
b
: acquisition of additional property (as by growth or increase of existing property)
4
: the act of assenting or agreeing
5
a
: 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
accessional
ik-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce accession (audio)
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ak-
adjective

accession

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verb

accessioned; accessioning; accessions

transitive verb

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

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
Why Kate Middleton Isn't with the Royals at Japan State Visit Despite Trooping the Colour Appearance Royal watchers have been waiting to see King Charles' Family Order since his accession in September 2022, and Queen Camilla is the first person to wear it. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 25 June 2024 Nevertheless, the rapid accession of new members sidestepped many problems that later came back to haunt European politicians. Laszlo Bruszt, Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2024
Verb
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art Once accessioned (accepted into a museum collection), garments are forever severed from their connection to the body for which they were designed and which complete them. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 6 May 2024 The European Union recommended Wednesday that the bloc begins membership talks with Ukraine soon, boosting President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has made EU accession a central goal. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for accession 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accession was in 1551

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Cite this Entry

“Accession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accession. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

accession

noun
ac·​ces·​sion
ik-ˈsesh-ən,
ak-
1
: something added : acquisition
2
: increase by something added
3
: the act of agreeing
accession to a proposal
4
: the act of coming to office or power
the accession of a king

Legal Definition

accession

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