acquiesce

verb
ac·​qui·​esce | \ ˌa-kwē-ˈes How to pronounce acquiesce (audio) \
acquiesced; acquiescing

Definition of acquiesce

intransitive verb

: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively often used with in or to

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assent, consent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe mean to concur with what has been proposed. assent implies an act involving the understanding or judgment and applies to propositions or opinions. voters assented to the proposal consent involves the will or feelings and indicates compliance with what is requested or desired. consented to their daughter's going accede implies a yielding, often under pressure, of assent or consent. officials acceded to the prisoners' demands acquiesce implies tacit acceptance or forbearance of opposition. acquiesced to his boss's wishes agree sometimes implies previous difference of opinion or attempts at persuasion. finally agreed to come along subscribe implies not only consent or assent but hearty approval and active support. subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea

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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."

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
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Recent Examples on the Web The fact the governor reportedly needed to acquiesce to a list of Republican legislative requests just so her budget team could be in the negotiations room speaks to the power lawmakers have in determining the state's financial priorities. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021 Raised to say 'yes' Experts in gender say women are socialized to serve and acquiesce. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021 Partners often acquiesce to Amazon’s demands, the executives and officials said, because of its power in a range of market sectors. WSJ, 14 Apr. 2021 Similarly, in our workplaces as issues related to race and equity surface, allies often acquiesce for fear of creating tension when the truth is that very often that tension is a necessary element of progress. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Bloom said, pointing out that employers will likely acquiesce to the desire for fewer days in the office as a way to build a higher retention rate and increase workplace motivation. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2021 Proponents of the wage hike believe the senators, if pushed to the wall, would acquiesce, despite their public opposition to a $15 national minimum wage as part of the relief bill. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Secretary Mnuchin, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Lindsey Graham worked together to get the president to acquiesce and sign the bill, according to Axios. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 30 Dec. 2020 If teams acquiesce to every trade request by every pouting multi-millionaire, where does the power end? sun-sentinel.com, 13 Dec. 2020

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

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First Known Use of acquiesce

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acquiesce

borrowed from French acquiescer, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin acquiēscere "to rest, find peace, be satisfied (with)," from ad- ad- + quiēscere "to repose, be quiet" — more at quiescent

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“Acquiesce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acquiesce. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for acquiesce

acquiesce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acquiesce

formal : to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing

acquiesce

verb
ac·​qui·​esce | \ ˌa-kwē-ˈes How to pronounce acquiesce (audio) \
acquiesced; acquiescing

Kids Definition of acquiesce

: to accept, agree, or give consent by keeping silent or by not making objections They acquiesced to the demands.

acquiesce

intransitive verb
ac·​qui·​esce | \ ˌa-kwē-ˈes How to pronounce acquiesce (audio) \
acquiesced; acquiescing

Legal Definition of acquiesce

: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively often used with in and sometimes with to

Other Words from acquiesce

acquiescence \ ˌa-​kwē-​ˈes-​ᵊns How to pronounce acquiesce (audio) \ noun

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