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accord

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verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkȯrd\

Definition of accord

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into agreement :  reconcile

  3. 2 :  to grant or give especially as appropriate, due, or earned

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to arrive at an agreement

  6. 2 obsolete :  to give consent

  7. 3 :  to be consistent or in harmony :  agree —usually used with with <a theory that accords with the known facts>

Examples of accord in a sentence

  1. He was accorded certain favors because of his age.

  2. <claims that the newspaper's quote does not accord with what he actually said>

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.

Origin and Etymology of accord

Middle English, from Anglo-French acorder, from Vulgar Latin *accordare, from Latin ad- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart


First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of accord

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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accord

noun ac·cord

Definition of accord

  1. 1 a :  agreement, conformity <acted in accord with the company's policy> b :  a formal reaching of agreement :  compact, treaty

  2. 2 :  balanced interrelationship :  harmony

  3. 3 obsolete :  assent

  4. 4 :  voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act <gave generously of their own accord>

Examples of accord in a sentence

  1. The two sides were able to reach an accord.

  2. <hoped to bring about a peace accord between the warring nations>

Origin and Etymology of accord

Middle English, from Anglo-French acord, from acorder


First Known Use: 13th century



ACCORD Defined for English Language Learners

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accord

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verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkȯrd\

Definition of accord for English Language Learners

  • : to give (something, such as special treatment or status) to someone or something


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accord

noun ac·cord

Definition of accord for English Language Learners

  • : a formal or official agreement

  • : a situation or state in which people or things agree


ACCORD Defined for Kids

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accord

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verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkȯrd\

Definition of accord for Students

accorded

according

  1. 1 :  1give 3 <The teacher accorded them special privileges.>

  2. 2 :  to be in harmony :  agree <Your story of the accident accords with theirs.>


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accord

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noun ac·cord

Definition of accord for Students

  1. 1 :  agreement 1, harmony <He acted in accord with the rules.>

  2. 2 :  willingness to act or to do something <They left of their own accord.>

  3. 3 agreement 3, treaty

Word Root of accord

The Latin word cor, meaning “heart,” and its form cordis give us the root cord. Words from the Latin cor have something to do with the heart. When there is discord, or disagreement, hearts are apart. When there is accord, or agreement, hearts have moved together. Anything that is cordial, such as a welcome, comes from the heart.


Law Dictionary

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accord

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transitive verb ac·cord \ə-ˈkȯrd\

Legal Definition of accord

  1. 1 :  to bring into agreement

  2. 2 :  to grant or give especially as appropriate, due, or earned

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be consistent or in harmony

Additional Notes on accord

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).”


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accord

noun ac·cord

Legal Definition of accord

  1. 1 :  agreement of opinion <both cases in accord>

  2. 2 :  a formal act of agreement :  treaty <an economic accord>

  3. 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 3



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