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 Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian leader and decadeslong peace negotiator with Israel who fiercely criticized the Trump administration’s efforts to broker an accord as one-sided, has died, his Fatah party said. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Saeb Erekat, Veteran Palestinian Peace Negotiator With Israel, Dies at 65," 10 Nov. 2020 Japan also has an accord with the drugmakers, as does Canada. Naomi Kresge, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. and Europe First in Line to Get Pfizer Covid Vaccine," 9 Nov. 2020 Midway through 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States intended to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, an international accord to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US left the Paris Agreement Wednesday—here’s how it could get back in," 4 Nov. 2020 Sudan, long seen as implacably hostile to Israel, could realize economic advantages from the twin developments of an accord with regional economic powerhouse Israel and the shedding of its pariah status as a state sponsor of terror. Anne Gearan, Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "Sudan agrees to normalize ties with Israel and end decades of hostility," 23 Oct. 2020 Senators backing the bill applauded the work to reach accord ahead of the election. Torey Van Oot Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Senate approves record $1.9 billion infrastructure package," 16 Oct. 2020 The public divisions also further undercut Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in his attempts to reach an accord with Ms. Pelosi, who remains unmoved from the latest Democratic offer of $2.2 trillion. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Republicans Clash on Stimulus as Trump Says ‘Go Big’ and McConnell Demurs," 15 Oct. 2020 An accord would have been a notable step for the city and union, who have disagreed bitterly and often publicly on the details and process of returning students to classrooms since schools closed in March. Washington Post, "Negotiations stall between D.C. teachers union and the city over school reopening plans.," 15 Oct. 2020 The case’s first expert judge, who died in 2019, implored Georgia, Florida and Alabama for years to strike an accord to prevent an expensive and potentially unfavorable court decision. al, "Supreme Court diving into Georgia-Florida water wars," 7 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accord. Accessed 5 Dec. 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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