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 The development will mark Tehran’s latest step away from the nuclear accord with world powers since President Trump withdrew from the deal over a year ago. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Iran to start injecting uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges at midnight," 6 Nov. 2019 Over lunch and the coffee that Ibn Saud personally served Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the two men struck an accord. Darren Dochuk, The New Republic, "Men of God and the Genesis of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship," 17 July 2019 This loophole was closed by the Paris Accord, but with the Trump administration due to withdraw from the accord in 2020, this gap will will return. Benjamin Neimark, Quartz, "The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 100 countries combined," 28 June 2019 Tensions have escalated in the Mideast as Iran appears poised to break the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, an accord that the Trump administration pulled out of last year. Jon Gambrell, The Denver Post, "Two oil tankers targeted near Strait of Hormuz amid Iran-U.S. tensions," 13 June 2019 In previous comments, Lopez Obrador has repeatedly stressed the human rights of migrants, but now his government appears to be accepting an accord that seeks to limit asylum seekers’ ability to access U.S. territory. latimes.com, "Mexico dodged tariffs but still could face major costs under new U.S. deal," 8 June 2019 The Philippine president has renewed a threat to terminate an accord that allows American forces to train in the country unless Washington restored a visa of a political ally linked to human rights violations. NBC News, "Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to end U.S. military pact," 24 Jan. 2020 Have President Trump and the Davos crowd come to an accord? Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "Of course Davos loves Trump," 22 Jan. 2020 In 1973, President Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War and would be formally signed four days later in Paris. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 22 Jan. 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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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