Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To consent or comply passively or without protest. See Synonyms at assent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent (usually implying previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object; — followed by "in", sometimes also by "with" and "to".
  • v. To concur upon conviction; as, to acquiesce in an opinion; to assent to; usually, to concur, not heartily but so far as to forbear opposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent (usually implying previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object; -- followed by in, formerly also by with and to.
  • intransitive v. To concur upon conviction; ; to assent to; usually, to concur, not heartily but so far as to forbear opposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come to rest, or remain at rest.
  • To agree; consent; tacitly assent; quietly comply or submit: as, to acquiesce in an opinion, argument, or arrangement.

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

  • v. to agree or express agreement

Etymologies

Latin acquiēscere : ad-, ad- + quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French acquiescer, from Latin acquiescere; ad + quiescere ("to be quiet"), from quies ("rest"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But if we again acquiesce we will be reduced to sad and pathetic footnotes in our accelerating transformation from a democracy to a totalitarian corporate state.

    Matthew Yglesias » Government for Sale

  • Off the top of my head, "acquiesce" is pretty cool.

    questions questions too many questions

  • Instead of me going through life hoping that God is following me around in whatever mess I find myself in this time, it’s actually him that’s leading the way through it all if I acquiesce, that is.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • But … there are reasons why parties have developed and that is because they operate as vehicles by which like minded people can coalesce around similar ideological and/or philosophical stances and generate programmes which they can then bring to the electorate and gain acceptance (or is the term 'acquiesce'?).

    The Cedar Lounge Revolution

  • She not only used "acquiesce" in a song way before Noel Gallagher made such a fanfare of doing so, but deployed it perfectly:

    Word Magazine -

  • [If this question has to be answered, the IPKat predicts a Delphic response along the lines of "it's up to the referring court to apply its own law to the facts".] (c) in any case, is it necessary that the proprietor of a trade mark should have his trade mark registered before he can begin to "acquiesce" in the use by another of (i) an identical or (ii) a confusingly similar mark?

    The IPKat - supporting prudent IP use

  • (b) is it necessary that the proprietor of a trade mark should have his trade mark registered before he can begin to "acquiesce" in the use by another of (i) an identical or

    The IPKat - supporting prudent IP use

  • "acquiesce" to Russian recognition of independence of the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    Newsvine - Get Smarter Here

  • The expectation has become that if they don't want to become a spinster - a word often thrown about in Egypt for any unmarried woman over 30 - women should just acquiesce.

    In a TV comedy, Egyptian women gain a voice on marriage

  • Brown will not acquiesce to Palmer, even if it may become the popular thing to do.

    Andrew Brandt: Whither Carson Palmer?

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  • Prefer the Adv. form

    September 3, 2012

  • Heard in Emilie Autumn – Save You:

    How do I save you from a fate so sweet
    As being torn to pieces by a loving hand
    How do I save you from a voice so soft
    As that which acquiesces to your each demand

    [. . .]”

    December 12, 2009

  • "I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means no!." -Captain Barbossa from Pirates of The Caribbean

    January 16, 2008