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 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Globally, the collective effort to slow climate change has lagged, with countries failing to meet the targets set under the 2015 Paris climate accord. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 With the accord, CAA will add ICM’s deep roster of TV writers and producers to a client list that already includes many of the biggest movie stars, musicians, and athletes. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Under the 2015 Paris accord, more than 190 countries agreed to limit the increase in global temperatures to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures -- ideally to 1.5 degrees. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 Talks were held in June in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 international accord under which the Iranians agreed to limit their nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2021 The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran was complying with the accord. Amir Vahdat, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Iran has since suspended compliance with the accord’s key provisions. New York Times, 28 July 2021 However, at least 6 billion metric tons of CO2 needs to be captured by 2050 to keep temperatures in line with the Paris climate accord, adds the International Energy Agency. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 6 June 2021 The shipping incidents have occurred since President Joe Biden took office in January, pledging to rejoin Iran's 2015 nuclear containment deal with world powers if Tehran returns to full compliance with the accord. NBC News, 2 June 2021

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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 Oct. 2021.

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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 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.

accord

transitive verb
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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