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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for accord

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

Did You Know?

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

President Trump abandoned the accord and reimposed a near-total embargo on Iran’s economy in the fall, frustrating European allies who helped negotiate the deal. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran now operating advanced centrifuges in breach of nuclear pact," 9 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump abandoned the accord and reimposed a near-total embargo on Iran's economy in the fall, frustrating European allies who helped negotiate the deal. Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran now operating advanced centrifuges in breach of nuclear pact that US rejected," 7 Sep. 2019 But smaller rebel groups and drug trafficking gangs have filled the void left by the withdrawing FARC rebels, leaving many Colombians frustrated with the slow pace of implementing the accord. Fox News, "Colombian rebels threaten renewed violence, accuse government of breaking peace deal," 29 Aug. 2019 What are the advantages of returning to the Paris climate accord? Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump — or What, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2019 The scheme supports one of India’s promises under the Paris accord. The Economist, "Asia digs up and burns three-quarters of the world’s coal," 22 Aug. 2019 Senate measures will follow this fall, with levels reflecting the accord. NBC News, "House passes bipartisan budget and debt deal, sending it to Senate," 25 July 2019 If Britain joins the United States in re-imposing sanctions on Iran, that would all but snuff out any hope of saving the 2015 accord. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "U.K. Warns Iran of ‘Serious Consequences’ for Seizing Oil Tanker," 20 July 2019 For instance, after the president abandoned the Paris climate accord two years ago, Hogan joined a bipartisan group of governors professing support for the analysis and its goals. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Critics fault Maryland Gov. Hogan’s plan for cutting greenhouse gases as late, lax," 19 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'accord.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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"

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for accord

accord

verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on accord

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with accord

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for accord

Spanish Central: Translation of accord

Nglish: Translation of accord for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of accord for Arabic Speakers

Comments on accord

What made you want to look up accord? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!