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

Greece had blocked Macedonia’s accession to NATO for more than a decade. Konstantin Testorides, The Seattle Times, "Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs," 11 Feb. 2019 James’s accession to the throne gave Penn increased influence at court and the prospect of some success in his long crusade for freedom of conscience and toleration. Robert K. Landers, WSJ, "‘William Penn’ and ‘The Worlds of William Penn’ Review: A Trans-Atlantic ‘Holy Experiment’," 11 Jan. 2019 Western countries strongly back the deal, as Macedonia's NATO accession would limit Russian influence in the Balkans. Fox News, "Macedonian president urges voters to skip name change vote," 27 Sep. 2018 The two main academic papers on this question looked at the years around China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation in 2001. The Economist, "Fears that China has hurt innovation in the West are overblown," 3 May 2018 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

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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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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