acquiesce was our Word of the Day on 09/21/2013. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Any moves made by Xi are likely driven by his own aims rather than any desire to acquiesce to Trump's demands.
Surviving, acquiescing, giving up after physically attempting to ward off a man is not consent.
Amazon initially fought the subpoena, then acquiesced when the suspect’s lawyers agreed that the data could be turned over.
In recent days, Republicans like Senate Leader Mitch McConnell have acquiesced, and have said the decision is up to the Alabama voters.
In turn, environmentalists worry that state officials are more likely to acquiesce to interests from the fossil-fuel, lumber and other industries.
Under President Xi Jinping, China has grown increasingly confident in using its vast market as a bargaining chip, forcing foreign firms to acquiesce to strict demands on free speech.
Some of China’s new tycoons have challenged the state; others have acquiesced after clashes with the authorities; most have kept their heads down and concentrated on making money.
Then came word late Thursday that President Trump had acquiesced to CIA and FBI lobbying to withhold tens of thousands of the files.
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.
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
Synonymsaccede, agree, assent, come round, consent, subscribe
Related Wordsadopt, embrace, espouse; abide, bear (with), endure, stand, suffer, tolerate; stomach, swallow, take; bow, knuckle under, relent, submit, succumb, yield
Near Antonymsrebuff, refuse, reject, scorn, spurn; deny, gainsay
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
ACQUIESCE Defined for Kids
legal Definition of acquiesce
acquiescenceplay \ˌa-kwē-ˈes-ᵊns\ noun
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up acquiesce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).