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Examples of acquiesce in a Sentence
- … the tender understanding with which he had acquiesced to her wish not to consummate their relationship out of wedlock. —Dorothy West, The Wedding, 1995
- … he seems to have acquiesced in his Christian Scientist wife's refusal to provide medical care … —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review, 17 Dec. 1995
- The main body of Shi'is, in and around Iraq, accepted 'Abbasid rule, or at least acquiesced in it. —Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, 1991
- He passively acquired the reputation of being a snob, and acquiesced to it … —George V. Higgins, Harper's, September 1984
They demanded it, and he acquiesced.
apparently the contractor expected me to acquiesce to my own fleecing
Recent Examples of acquiesce from the Web
Wynn Resorts acquiesced to bondholder demands on Thursday, raising an offer to pay investors holding one of its notes due in 2023.
To gain access to China's market, companies have had to acquiesce to Beijing's demands for technology and censorship.
His lasting legacy will be breaking down imposing barriers to become one of the best ever in his sport, all while refusing to acquiesce to public image expectations.
So House Republicans will be under pressure to acquiesce to a bill that can get through the Senate.
One major, growing concern: that the United States is acquiescing to Iran's growing presence in Syria and influence in Lebanon — two Israeli neighbors.
But Puskás was desperate to play, and manager Gusztáv Sebes acquiesced to his demands.
Many Caribbean planters eventually acquiesced to policies regulating the number of lashes allowed as punishments.
But with all the anger over the current CBA and how teams have simply stopped spending in free agency, the pitch clock isn’t something the players will acquiesce to cheaply.
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Did You Know?
Acquiesce means essentially "to comply quietly," so it should not surprise you to learn that it is ultimately derived from the Latin verb quiescere, meaning "to be quiet." It arrived in English around 1620, via the French acquiescer, with the now obsolete sense "to rest satisfied." The earliest known recorded use of the word acquiesce in the sense of "to agree or comply" appeared in the writings of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1651. In his masterpiece Leviathan, Hobbes argued that people must subject themselves completely to a sovereign and should obey the teachings of the church. Encouraging his readers to adopt his position he wrote, "Our Beleefe . . . is in the Church; whose word we take, and acquiesce therein."
Origin and Etymology of acquiesce
Synonym Discussion of acquiesce
- voters assented to the proposal
- consented to their daughter's going
- officials acceded to the prisoners' demands
- acquiesced to his boss's wishes
- finally agreed to come along
- subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea
ACQUIESCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acquiesce for English Language Learners
: to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing
ACQUIESCE Defined for Kids
Definition of acquiesce for Students
- They acquiesced to the demands.
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