Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To give one's consent, often at the insistence of another: synonym: assent.
  • intransitive verb To arrive at or come into an office or dignity.
  • intransitive verb To become a party to an agreement or treaty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To come, as into union or possession; become adjoined or entitled; attain by approach or succession: now used chiefly of attainment to a possession, office, or dignity: as, he acceded to the estate on his majority; the house of Hanover acceded to the English throne in 1714.
  • To come by assent or agreement; give adhesion; yield; give in: as, to acccdc to one's terms or request.
  • Synonyms To succeed, come (to), attain.
  • To agree, assent, yield, consent, comply.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To approach; to come forward; -- opposed to recede.
  • intransitive verb To enter upon an office or dignity; to attain.
  • intransitive verb To become a party by associating one's self with others; to give one's adhesion. Hence, to agree or assent to a proposal or a view.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To become a party to an agreement or a treaty.

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

  • verb to agree or express agreement
  • verb take on duties or office
  • verb yield to another's wish or opinion

Etymologies

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

[Middle English acceden, to come near, from Latin accēdere, to go near : ad-, ad- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • To accede is not merely to give in but rather to give in while drawing near; one may accede not only to an argument but to a throne.

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  • Constitution, but who had presided over the Convention that drew it up -- in letters written soon after the adjournment of that body to friends in various States, referred to the Constitution as a _compact_ or treaty, and repeatedly uses the terms "accede" and "accession," and once the term "secession."

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  • This word "accede," not found either in the Constitution itself, or in the ratification of it by any one of the States, has been chosen for use here, doubtless, not without a well-considered purpose.

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  • "accede," and the like -- were the terms in familiar use by the authors of the Constitution and their associates with reference to that instrument and its ratification.

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  • And with Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia, as well as retired Justice John Paul Stevens, already waving away questions about their colleague's ethics, it is not likely that the chief justice or the Judicial Conference will accede to Slaughter's request.

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  • For more than 20 years, Turkey sought to accede to the European Union; but last year the country seemed to change directions without dropping its EU bid by joining the Arab Parliament as an observer.

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  • For more than 20 years, Turkey sought to accede to the European Union; but last year the country seemed to change directions without dropping its EU bid by joining the Arab Parliament as an observer.

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  • This in no way absolves those who would pervert that power for personal gain, nor does it excuse the outright blackmail-type pressures that have been brought to bear upon many of us to accede.

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  • This in no way absolves those who would pervert that power for personal gain, nor does it excuse the outright blackmail-type pressures that have been brought to bear upon many of us to accede.

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  • "I rather wished, than believed him to be sincere; but, at any rate, was perfectly ready to accede to his proposal." - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    August 17, 2015