ac·​cord | \ ə-ˈkȯrd How to pronounce accord (audio) \
accorded; according; accords

Definition of accord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to grant or give especially as appropriate, due, or earned The competitors should all be accorded equal respect.
2 : to bring into agreement : reconcile

intransitive verb

1 : to be consistent or in harmony : agree usually used with with a theory that accords with the known facts
2 archaic : to arrive at an agreement
3 obsolete : to give consent



Definition of accord (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : agreement, conformity acted in accord with the company's policy
b : a formal reaching of agreement : compact, treaty a peace accord
2 : voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act gave generously of their own accord
3 : balanced interrelationship : harmony
4 obsolete : assent

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grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld. granted them a new hearing concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim. even her critics concede she can be charming vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension. vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples accord implies giving to another what is due or proper. accorded all the honors befitting a head of state award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors. awarded the company a huge defense contract

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A new federal law may accord with—or be in accordance with—the guidelines that a company has already established. The rowdy behavior of the hero Beowulf accords with Norse ideals of the early Middle Ages; but such behavior wouldn't have been in accordance with the ideals of a later young lord from the same general region, Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet. Accord is also a noun, meaning "agreement". Thus, we often hear of two countries signing a peace accord; and we also frequently hear of two things or people being "in accord with" each other.

Examples of accord in a Sentence

Verb He was accorded certain favors because of his age. claims that the newspaper's quote does not accord with what he actually said Noun The two sides were able to reach an accord. hoped to bring about a peace accord between the warring nations
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If forests continue to wither, so will the likelihood that Earth’s warming can be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) compared with preindustrial levels — a central aim of the Paris climate accord. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The Paris accord is one way that new norm is being created. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2022 The United Nations approved a landmark agreement to create the world's first-ever global plastic pollution treaty on Wednesday, describing it as the most significant environmental deal since the 2015 Paris climate accord. Reuters, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 While Biden convened global summits for democracies and climate change as promised, and rejoined the Paris climate accord, his biggest effort on climate funding belly-flopped. Arkansas Online, 16 Jan. 2022 In their view, dumping Bitcoin is essential to meeting the Paris climate accord’s stringent goals. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 Obama noted efforts by the United States – the world's second-worst climate polluter now after China – stalled when Trump pulled out of the climate accord. Fox News, 8 Nov. 2021 Six years ago, an unprecedented level of cooperation between the U.S. and China laid the groundwork for the Paris climate accord, a milestone in the fight against global warming. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 After former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, the Biden administration hoped to help negotiate major emissions cuts globally to slow the rise of temperatures. The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of accord


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for accord


Middle English accorden, acorden "to reconcile, come to an agreement, be in agreement," borrowed from Anglo-French acorder, going back to Vulgar Latin *accordāre, from Latin ad- ad- + -cordāre, as in concordāre "to be in agreement," discordāre "to be in conflict" — more at concordance


Middle English accord, acord, borrowed from Anglo-French acord, acorde, noun derivative of acorder "to come to an agreement, accord entry 1"

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ac·​cord | \ ə-ˈkȯrd How to pronounce accord (audio) \
accorded; according

Kids Definition of accord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : give entry 1 sense 3 The teacher accorded them special privileges.
2 : to be in harmony : agree Your story of the accident accords with theirs.



Kids Definition of accord (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : agreement sense 1, harmony He acted in accord with the rules.
2 : willingness to act or to do something They left of their own accord.


transitive verb
ac·​cord | \ ə-ˈkȯrd How to pronounce accord (audio) \

Legal Definition of accord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring into agreement
2 : to grant or give especially as appropriate, due, or earned

intransitive verb

: to be consistent or in harmony

Note: Accord in this sense is often used to introduce a case or an authority that accords with the case or authority just cited, as for example in a sentence like “… a decision based on equitable principles. Accord Smith v. Jones, 1 F.2d 2 (1900).”



Legal Definition of accord (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : agreement of opinion both cases in accord
2 : a formal act of agreement : treaty an economic accord
3 : an accepted offer by which the parties agree that a specified future performance will discharge in full an obligation when performed even though the performance is of less value than the original obligation also : the defense that an accord was agreed upon usually used in the phrase accord and satisfaction

called also executory accord

— compare composition, compromise, novation, satisfaction, substituted contract at contract, transaction sense 3

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