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.

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Other Words from accession

Noun

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

Synonyms for accession

Synonyms: Noun

acquisition, obtainment

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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

Getty ImagesMirrorpix What's the difference between an accession and a coronation? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Will Officially Hit 67 Years on the Throne This Week—But Here's Why She Won't Celebrate the Occasion," 3 Feb. 2019 History now shows us that the accession of the staunchly Protestant William and Mary in 1689, replacing the Catholic James II, ensured that a Catholic would not again sit on England’s throne. Benjamin Riley, WSJ, "Book Review: The Whiggish View of History," 25 Jan. 2019 Shortly after her accession to the throne, Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace, which was previously owned by her late uncle King William IV. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 2019 As a crib to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, Yemen played an imperative role in the accession of empires and economies, beginning around 1000 BC. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Archaeologists fear biblical artifacts, monuments won't survive Yemen war," 9 Aug. 2018 The accession of Abiy, an Oromo and now one of the youngest leaders on the continent at 41, appears to have defused a great deal of the tension in the country. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Ethiopia moves to lift state of emergency two months early as tensions ease," 2 June 2018 The Royal Family name of Windsor was confirmed by The Queen after her accession in 1952. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Why Harry and Meghan’s Child Will Have a Different Last Name Than Prince George and Princess Charlotte," 15 Oct. 2018 There’s really no checking Trump Trump’s accession to the presidency alarmed liberals on two levels. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s bizarre post-election press conference, explained," 7 Nov. 2018 German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also voiced hope that the country will be able to start EU accession talks next June. Fox News, "EU enlargement chief urges Macedonians to back name deal," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Surprising Sale at Christie’s Lifts Asia Week New York," 21 Mar. 2017

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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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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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