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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
And the patient, struck by the urgency expressed, will acquiesce and schedule the tests without checking prices.
Teigen, 32, wrote alongside a silly photo of herself trying to acquiesce to her daughter’s demand.
So far, none of the companies have acquiesced to their employees’ demands.
Not on sidewalks, trails As city officials acquiesce to electric scooters, Adamson said the council's short-term action will still limit where they can be ridden.
An up-or-down vote on the bill was a demand of many lawmakers, and Ryan has acquiesced to put the matter to bed.
Seal threatened to challenge the agreement, but ultimately acquiesced.
In the original story, Akane would protest but eventually acquiesce.
Later Sunday, Meghan McCain, the senator's daughter, told ABC News that Sadler had called her to apologize but had still not acquiesced to the younger McCain's request for a public apology.
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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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