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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That meant defending the European Union from nationalist forces tearing at its seams and standing up for institutions like the United Nations and multilateral agreements like the Paris climate accord. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France’s Macron, Astride the Globe, Overlooked Swelling Anger at Home," 7 Dec. 2018 At the top of agenda: getting countries to agree on rules to implement the Paris climate accords for 2020, when the pact goes into effect. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 Berlin has struggled to come to terms with Trump's willingness to cast aside international agreements signed by his predecessors, such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord. Fox News, "Germany seeks to woo Americans amid rocky Trump relationship," 3 Oct. 2018 The pledges have become even more urgent for American cities after the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate accord. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "19 mayors pledge to make all new buildings net-zero by 2030," 23 Aug. 2018 Last year, shortly after President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, Walker convened the task force to address climate change. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 Under the accord, the U.K. will pay $50 billion to Brussels to cover financial commitments London had made to the EU for years to come. Donato Paolo Mancini, WSJ, "‘Extremely Weak’: A Pro-Brexit Bastion Takes Dim View of May’s Deal," 20 Nov. 2018 The accord, which came into full effect only a few months ago, will expire in three years unless the two presidents exercise their right to extend it until 2026. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 At the same time, Russia is also working to salvage the Iranian nuclear accord that Trump abandoned and mitigate the sanctions he's reimposed. Henry Meyer, chicagotribune.com, "Putin is preparing a deal Trump can tout after summit," 6 July 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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