Definition of accord
- The competitors should all be accorded equal respect.
- a theory that accords with the known facts
He was accorded certain favors because of his age.
claims that the newspaper's quote does not accord with what he actually said
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.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
The two sides were able to reach an accord.
hoped to bring about a peace accord between the warring nations
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: a formal or official agreement
: a situation or state in which people or things agree
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