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assent

verb as·sent \ ə-ˈsent , a- \

Definition of assent

intransitive verb
:to agree to or approve of something (such as an idea or suggestion) especially after thoughtful consideration :concur
  • assent to a proposal

assentor

or assenter play \-ˈsen-tər\ noun

Examples of assent in a Sentence

  1. One day I arrived at class to discuss some abolition treaties written during the early Romantic period. An African American woman, Stephanie, was introduced to me by one of my students. Stephanie asked if she could sit in on the class, and I of course assented. —Laura MandellProfession1997
  2. Christopher, on his end, is supposed to have assented to and even welcomed this public confirmation of his own negligibility, not that foreign diplomats needed any. —Tom CarsonVillage Voice19 July 1994
  3. Fearing that without a new batch of social measures the country would slip away from him, Roosevelt assented—sometimes rather grudgingly—to proposals that in sum make up the semi-welfare state under which we have lived this past half century. —Irving HoweNew York Times Book Review28 Sept.1986
  4. The general proposed a detailed plan and the President assented.

  5. are we to conclude from your silence that you assent?

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Origin and Etymology of assent

Middle English, from Anglo-French assentir, assenter, from Latin assentari, from assentire, from ad- + sentire to feel — more at sense

Synonym Discussion of assent

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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assent

noun as·sent \ ə-ˈsent , a- \

Definition of assent

:an act of agreeing to something especially after thoughtful consideration :an act of assenting :acquiescence, agreement
  • She gave her assent to the proposal.

Examples of assent in a Sentence

  1. Cornel West of Harvard introduced Bradley as "my brother, my comrade." Then Bradley, donning drugstore reading glasses, standing motionless at the podium, took the air out of the cavernous hall with a lecture on the history of racism and the complexity of ethnic subcultures. He got nods of knowing assent, but he could have had a standing O. —Howard FinemanNewsweek19 July 1999
  2. Appointments at top universities often required the recommendation and assent of experts from other fields; insofar as deans, provosts, and other administrators came from economics and the hard sciences, many of them recognized rational choice as something close to their own ideals of legitimate scientific research. —Jonathan CohnNew Republic25 Oct. 1999
  3. From The Second Sex to In a Different Voice, I could read and appreciate the analysis or the argument without feeling personally very involved. I could, and did, argue for feminism because I believed in much of what feminist writers were saying about gender equality, but my assent came from my head, not my heart. I knew that as an audience for feminist writers I was a pretty tertiary concern. —Robert J. ConnorsCollege EnglishFebruary 1996
  4. Once filming began, sequences that had been axed for budgetary reasons were put back—with the studio's tacit assent. —Charles FlemingVanity FairAugust 1995

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Origin and Etymology of assent


ASSENT Defined for English Language Learners

assent

verb

Definition of assent for English Language Learners

  • : to agree to or approve of something (such as an idea or suggestion) especially after carefully thinking about it


ASSENT Defined for Kids

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assent

verb as·sent \ ə-ˈsent \

Definition of assent for Students

assented; assenting
:to agree to or approve of something They refused to assent to the new rules.

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assent

noun

Definition of assent for Students

:an act of agreeing to or approving of something We mistakenly interpreted their handshake for assent.

Law Dictionary

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assent

intransitive verb as·sent \ ə-ˈsent \

legal Definition of assent

:to agree to something especially freely and with understanding :give one's assent

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assent

noun

legal Definition of assent

:agreement to a matter under consideration especially based on freedom of choice and a reasonable knowledge of the matter
  • their mutual assent to the terms of the contract


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