accord

verb
ac·cord | \ə-ˈkȯrd \
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

accord

noun

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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Verb

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
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Dublin, backed by the EU, is insisting that Brexit should do nothing that might endanger the Good Friday accord. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders — and Trump unilaterally trashed them. Washington Post, "Trump will get red carpet treatment in UK — and big protests," 11 July 2018 Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders — and Trump unilaterally trashed them. BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump will get red carpet treatment in UK — and big protests," 11 July 2018 But despite broad accord on policies that are important to Democratic primary voters, the two candidates presented a clear contrast to the voters who packed a forum at Washington Town Hall Sunday afternoon. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "In The 5th District Democratic Primary, Accord On The Issues But Differences In Style," 8 July 2018 The rest of the world, even China, was coalescing around a commitment to curb greenhouse gases, and the Paris accord had been signed into effect. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Mexico and Brazil are negotiating to deepen their bilateral trade accord. The Economist, "What AMLO portends for Latin America," 5 July 2018 The council ultimately decided that it was bound by 2003 accord, and voted 8-to-3 in March to build a third garage for $17.5 million. Bill Turque, kansascity, "With misgivings, KC Council approves tax breaks for Three Light," 21 June 2018 But Scott has made no secret of his support of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a worldwide Paris climate change accord. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Rick Scott is wealthiest governor in Florida history. In July he must reveal details.," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of accord

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for accord

Verb

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

Noun

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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accord

verb

English Language Learners Definition of accord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give (something, such as special treatment or status) to someone or something

accord

noun

English Language Learners Definition of accord (Entry 2 of 2)

: a formal or official agreement

: a situation or state in which people or things agree

accord

verb
ac·cord | \ə-ˈkȯrd \
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.

accord

noun

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.

ac·cord | \ə-ˈkȯrd \

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).”

accord

noun

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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