Definitions

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

  • noun The attainment of a dignity or rank.
  • noun Something that has been acquired or added; an acquisition.
  • noun An increase by means of something added.
  • noun The addition to or increase in value of property by means of improvements or natural growth.
  • noun The right of a proprietor to ownership of such addition or increase.
  • noun Agreement or assent.
  • noun Access; admittance.
  • noun A sudden outburst.
  • transitive verb To record in the order of acquisition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A coming, as into the possession of a right or station; attainment; entrance; induction: as, the accession of the people to political power, or to the ballot; accession to an estate, or to the throne.
  • noun The act of acceding, as by assent or agreement; consent; junction; adhesion: as, accession to a demand or proposal; their accession to the party or confederacy was a great gain.
  • noun Increase by something added; that which is added; augmentation; addition: as, an accession of wealth, territory, or numbers.
  • noun In law, a mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance which receives an addition by growth or by the application of labor has a right to the thing added or to the improvement, as an addition to a house made by a tenant under an ordinary lease.
  • noun In medicine, the attack, approach, or commencement of a disease; access.
  • noun In the election of a pope, the transference of votes from one candidate to another, when the scrutiny has not resulted in a choice. The opportunity of doing this is called an accessit (which see).
  • noun Increase, addition, increment, extension, augmentation.
  • To enter in the accession-book of a library. See accession-book.

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

  • noun A coming to; the act of acceding and becoming joined.
  • noun Increase by something added; that which is added; augmentation from without.
  • noun A mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance which receives an addition by growth, or by labor, has a right to the part or thing added, or the improvement (provided the thing is not changed into a different species). Thus, the owner of a cow becomes the owner of her calf.
  • noun The act by which one power becomes party to engagements already in force between other powers.
  • noun The act of coming to or reaching a throne, an office, or dignity; ; -- applied especially to the epoch of a new dynasty.
  • noun (Med.) The invasion, approach, or commencement of a disease; a fit or paroxysm.

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

  • noun A coming to; the act of acceding and becoming joined; as, a king's accession to a confederacy.
  • noun Increase by something added; that which is added; augmentation from without.
  • noun law A mode of acquiring property, by which the owner of a corporeal substance which receives an addition by growth, or by labor, has a right to the part or thing added, or the improvement (provided the thing is not changed into a different species).
  • noun law The act by which one power becomes party to engagements already in force between other powers.
  • noun The act of coming to or reaching a throne, an office, or dignity.
  • noun medicine The invasion, approach, or commencement of a disease; a fit or paroxysm.
  • noun Agreement.
  • noun Access; admittance.
  • verb transitive To make a record of (additions to a collection).

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

  • noun something added to what you already have
  • noun the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne)
  • noun agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
  • noun the right to enter
  • noun a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group)
  • verb make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
  • noun (civil law) the right to all of that which your property produces whether by growth or improvement

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Examples

  • Brussels needs to accept that EU accession is no longer the galvanizing reform force in Ukraine.

    Ukraine's Economic Revolution

  • The prospect of Jang's accession is a less than comforting thought.

    The Son Has Yet to Rise in North Korea

  • To the Gentiles, some of all nations, that should be converted to Christ, and so added to his church, which, though a spiritual accession, is often in prophecy represented by a local motion.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • They derived some accession from a body of two thousand strangers, under the command of John Justiniani, a noble Genoese; a liberal donative was advanced to these auxiliaries; and a princely recompense, the Isle of Lemnos, was promised to the valor and victory of their chief.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • “Well, but, Mrs. Baliol, suppose we settle our era: you do not call the accession of James the Sixth to the kingdom of Britain very ancient?”

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Her accession was a gaudy affair, and well attended, though it might seem strange from our end of time that people would turn out peaceably to see the murderess of S'task take up the spear of royalty.

    The Romulan Way

  • Her accession was a gaudy affair, and well attended, though it might seem strange from our end of time that people would turn out peaceably to see the murderess of S'task take up the spear of royalty.

    The Romulan Way

  • Accepting this as a true account of an eternal, a perdurable Existent — one which never turns to any Kind outside itself, that possesses life complete once for all, that has never received any accession, that is now receiving none and will never receive any — we have, with the statement of a perduring

    The Six Enneads.

  • The particular question concerning France that was agitating Germany at the time of the accession was the state of affairs in

    William of Germany

  • Although his accession was the occasion of friendly letters between himself and the Government of Madras, the Nawab's rejection of the Governor's suggestion that the financial arrangements between himself and the Company should be made more favourable to the

    The Story of Madras

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