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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
Legal troubles notwithstanding, Arpaio, then 84, appeared to acquiesce to the end of his long political career, celebrating his retirement in January at an event that included friend and actor Steven Seagal.
This industry carries increasing political weight, with the tobacco industry lobbying to rescind regulations on vape products enacted under the Obama administration, and the Trump administration likely to acquiesce.
But there were no signs the U.S. would acquiesce to China's call for a quick return to negotiations.
But there were no signs the U.S. would acquiesce to China’s call for a quick return to negotiations.
So the House passed a bill that largely acquiesced in the law’s subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while allowing only a little room for states to experiment with alternative regulatory approaches.
Sources tell CNN that the MRC acquiesced and will no longer give the award to him.
Not acquiescing to the pressures from the record company to write power ballads.
Initial results Putin acquiesced to U.S. abrogation of 1972 Anti‑Ballistic Missile treaty and was the first foreign leader to call Bush after 9/11.
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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."
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
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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