accord

verb
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 witha 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the meantime, a 1996 peace accord finally brought an end to the nearly four-decade war that saw more than 200,000 people killed and some 45,000 reported as missing. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "The cold cases of Guatemala’s civil war were impossible to identify—until now," 19 Dec. 2019 Under the Paris accord, countries are supposed to regularly review their national emissions reduction targets and increase them if necessary. Arkansas Online, "Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal," 15 Dec. 2019 People fixated on issues like disposable plastic straws while the U.S. pulled out of the Paris accord. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 The Paris accord aims to hold warming to 1.5 degrees. The Christian Science Monitor, "Thanks for all the sunny days," 9 Dec. 2019 Montgomery also was one of Chicago’s religious leaders to work with business and political leaders to try to strike an accord on the city’s racial housing disputes. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Episcopal Church Bishop James Montgomery, who steered church through change, dies," 25 Oct. 2019 National Western’s settlement included an accord with the California insurance commissioner requiring the company to make reforms in its sales, marketing and complaint procedures. Nick Leiber, Los Angeles Times, "When a ‘trusted’ financial professional targets the assets of America’s elderly," 22 Oct. 2019 Even before the president spoke, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 480 points or 1.8% amid hints that a partial accord was imminent. Rachel Siegel, The Denver Post, "President Trump announces partial trade deal with China, lifting hopes that tensions could ease," 11 Oct. 2019 Rouhani offered Obama — who pursued an accord with Iran throughout most of his presidency — only a brief phone call. Eli Lake, Twin Cities, "Eli Lake: Without Bolton, Trump can now go soft on Iran," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of accord was before the 12th century

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“Accord.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accord. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for accord

accord

verb
How to pronounce accord (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of accord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : 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 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.

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 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).”

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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