Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To agree, as to a proposal; concur.
  • n. Agreement; concurrence: reached assent on a course of action.
  • n. Acquiescence; consent: gave my assent to the plan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To agree to, give approval to.
  • n. agreement, act of agreeing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of assenting; the act of the mind in admitting or agreeing to anything; concurrence with approval; consent; agreement; acquiescence.
  • transitive v. To admit a thing as true; to express one's agreement, acquiescence, concurrence, or concession.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To admit a proposition as true; express an agreement of the mind to what is alleged or proposed; concur; acquiesce: with to before an object.
  • Synonyms To agree, subscribe.
  • To agree to; approve; determine.
  • n. The act of the mind in admitting or agreeing to the truth of a proposition proposed for acceptance.
  • n. Consent; concurrence; acquiescence; agreement to a proposal: as, the bill before the house has the assent of a great majority of the members.
  • n. Accord; agreement; approval.
  • n. Opinion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to agree or express agreement
  • n. agreement with a statement or proposal to do something

Etymologies

Middle English assenten, from Old French assentir, from Latin assentārī : ad-, ad- + sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French noun assent and verb assentir (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This trait is necessary to have the correct assent of law. assent-# to agree or express agreement; "The Maestro assented to the request for an encore"

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  • For those nodding vigorously in assent by this point, the Decades Halloween party will include a contest for best decade-themed costume and a P-Funk tribute performance by the Clones of Funk.

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  • There was a murmur of assent from the audience, and the mod gave up and finally called on one of the men ...

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  • Both episodes finish with assent pacts, nonetheless assent is clearly extraneous as good as stretched in both cases; we wait for for explosions to come.

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  • The royal assent is given with the words “la reine le veult”.

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  • Ruth pressed her mother's hand in assent, feeling that she really did understand, though her conception was of something vague, remote, and terrible that was beyond the scope of imagination.

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  • Taken together, these two models of "aesthetic culture" describe a single process, a process by which culture continually emerges anew: in the competition among cultural producers and consumers for a position of relative privilege, or "cultural capital," the collective belief, the "hope" in universal assent is reinforced; in the persistent failure of universal assent to be realized, dissent among aesthetic subjects is fueled, perpetuated, as it were, in the form of cultural competition.

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  • If that concurrence and assent is not sought, then a breach between the people and our political masters of a fundamental nature is bound, sooner or later to take place.

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  • The man rose in assent and prayed, whilst his wife said, “Amen,” to his prayer, when the roof clove in sunder and down fell a ruby, which lit the house with its light.

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  • The need to get assent from the Chinese, and Russians, for any resolution means that there was never any chance of getting the Security Council to impose meaningful pressure on the junta.

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