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as in treaty
a formal agreement between two or more nations or peoples hoped to bring about a peace accord between the warring nations

Synonyms & Similar Words


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How does the verb accord contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of accord are award, concede, grant, and vouchsafe. While all these words mean "to give as a favor or a right," accord implies giving to another what is due or proper.

accorded all the honors befitting a head of state

When might award be a better fit than accord?

Although the words award and accord have much in common, award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors.

awarded the company a huge defense contract

When is it sensible to use concede instead of accord?

While in some cases nearly identical to accord, concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim.

even her critics concede she can be charming

Where would grant be a reasonable alternative to accord?

In some situations, the words grant and accord are roughly equivalent. However, grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld.

granted them a new hearing

When is vouchsafe a more appropriate choice than accord?

While the synonyms vouchsafe and accord are close in meaning, vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension.

vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples

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Cite this Entry

“Accord.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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