assent

verb
as·​sent | \ ə-ˈsent How to pronounce assent (audio) , a-\
assented; assenting; assents

Definition of assent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

assent

noun
as·​sent | \ ə-ˈsent How to pronounce assent (audio) , a-\

Definition of assent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from assent

Verb

assentor or assenter \ ə-​ˈsen-​tər How to pronounce assenter (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of assent in a Sentence

Verb 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 Mandell, Profession, 1997 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 Carson, Village Voice, 19 July 1994 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 Howe, New York Times Book Review, 28 Sept.1986 The general proposed a detailed plan and the President assented. are we to conclude from your silence that you assent? Noun 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 Fineman, Newsweek, 19 July 1999 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 Cohn, New Republic, 25 Oct. 1999 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. Connors, College English, February 1996 Once filming began, sequences that had been axed for budgetary reasons were put back—with the studio's tacit assent. — Charles Fleming, Vanity Fair, August 1995
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The government has also resorted to constitutional chicanery, exploiting the fact that Kashmir’s state legislature—which would normally have to assent to such changes—was dissolved over a year ago. The Economist, "Modi’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy," 9 Aug. 2019 Bolton had also strongly resisted a proposal from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to which Trump had initially assented, to invite Iran’s foreign minister to Washington last month, the officials said. Washington Post, "The DIY foreign policy president: Bolton ouster confirms it," 12 Sep. 2019 The authorities assented, and Epstein apparently killed himself, a punctuation mark on the futility and incompetence of a government that had ample opportunity to bring him to justice and failed every single time. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Mistakes Were Made — Always in Jeffrey Epstein’s Favor," 13 Aug. 2019 By the time the country reluctantly assented to some foreign assistance, the disaster had started to slip from the news. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 By the time the country reluctantly assented to some foreign assistance, the disaster had started to slip from the news. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 By the time the country reluctantly assented to some foreign assistance, the disaster had started to slip from the news. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 By the time the country reluctantly assented to some foreign assistance, the disaster had started to slip from the news. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 By the time the country reluctantly assented to some foreign assistance, the disaster had started to slip from the news. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That requires securing support in the House, the Lords, and then receiving the Queen’s royal assent. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "What’s next for Brexit after Boris Johnson lost yet another vote in Parliament?," 19 Oct. 2019 Not simply your toleration, but your moral assent and your unhesitating affirmation. John Hirschauer, National Review, "CNN’s Anti-Religious Town Hall," 14 Oct. 2019 Queen Elizabeth has approved the request for a suspension, though royal assent is largely considered a formality. Time, "British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Suspended the U.K.'s Parliament. What Happens Next?," 29 Aug. 2019 In the Syrian context, in particular, a Nixon-Kissinger strategy would seek to turn the tables on Moscow by demonstrating the Kremlin’s inability to achieve its key strategic objectives there absent American assent. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 2019 The filibuster will make the passage of constructive legislation impossible without a sixty-seat Democratic supermajority in the Senate or the assent of Republicans from disproportionately empowered conservative states. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Grassroots Battle to Save Democracy," 5 Sep. 2019 In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, those who campaigned to leave Europe swore that economic concerns would eventually force European leaders to assent to British demands for a favorable deal. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Europe, the Threat of a No-Deal Brexit Comes at a Bad Time," 2 Sep. 2019 But at the debate, O’Rourke’s passion drew praise from the other candidates, including from Biden, who cautioned that new gun control laws would require the assent of Congress. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Biden clashes with Warren and Sanders at the Democratic debate over the party’s future," 12 Sep. 2019 Also unlike a trial jury, the grand jury need not be unanimous; federal grand juries have up to 23 members, and only 12 need assent for an indictment to be approved. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why It’s Unlikely the McCabe Grand Jury Voted against Indictment," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of assent

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for assent

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of assent was in the 13th century

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assent

verb
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English Language Learners Definition of assent

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

assent

verb
as·​sent | \ ə-ˈsent How to pronounce assent (audio) \
assented; assenting

Kids Definition of assent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

assent

noun

Kids Definition of assent (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of agreeing to or approving of something We mistakenly interpreted their handshake for assent.
as·​sent | \ ə-ˈsent How to pronounce assent (audio) \

Legal Definition of assent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

assent

noun

Legal Definition of assent (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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