accession

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noun

ac·​ces·​sion ik-ˈse-shən How to pronounce accession (audio)
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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
The European Union, which has recently announced its intention to begin accession negotiations with Kyiv, should accelerate the membership timetable for Ukraine and offer it a special EU-lite arrangement in the interim. Richard Haass and Charles Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 17 Nov. 2023 Orban has irritated other NATO members by slow-walking Sweden’s accession to the alliance and his refusal to fully support Ukraine. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 This shift culminated in Ethiopia’s accession alongside five other states, including Iran, to the BRICS group, composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – a move that offers Ethiopia additional avenues to circumvent future U.S. sanctions. Mahad Darar, The Conversation, 13 Nov. 2023 On Tuesday, King Charles and Queen Camilla attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time since his accession. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 Failure to honor their obligations or ratcheting up tensions will have negative consequences for their EU accession processes and block any potential EU financial aid. Chris Massaro, Fox News, 1 Nov. 2023 Just as Queen Elizabeth privately the anniversary of her accession and the death of her father King George VI at Sandringham, so, too, will Charles spend the day out largely of the public eye. Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2023 Days after his accession in September 2022, King Charles went viral online after a video hit of him struggling with a leaky pen during a signing ceremony at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 Western policymakers are worried about Ukraine’s ongoing struggles with curbing corruption, an issue that hangs over the new installments of billions of dollars in aid to Kyiv, as well as future talks over accession into NATO and the European Union. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023
Verb
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 The transmission of the trove to the library has begun, as has accessioning (sorting through and processing items on the library’s end). Celia Wren, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 Should museums de-accession their art? CBS News, 3 Mar. 2021 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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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 9 Dec. 2023.

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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