accede

If you accede, it means you agree with someone or give in to his or her wish. The word is often used in a political context — the Queen acceded to the Prince's demands for more territory, a larger army, and funnier jesters.

Accede can also be used for everyday situations. If you accede to your mother's request that you come home before ten, it means you'll be missing that midnight movie with your friends. Accede comes from the Latin accedere, meaning to "approach or enter upon." It differs slightly from concede, which also means consent, but a more reluctant kind. If you were to concede to your mom's 10 PM curfew rather than accede to it, you'd be doing so against your will.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: accede

1
v
yield to another's wish or opinion
2
v
to agree or express agreement
3
v
take on duties or office
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: accede
1

v yield to another's wish or opinion

Synonyms:
bow, defer, give in, submit
Type of:
buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield
consent reluctantly
2

v to agree or express agreement

Synonyms:
acquiesce, assent
Antonyms:
dissent
withhold assent
Types:
connive
encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
Type of:
agree
consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
3

v take on duties or office

accede to the throne”
Synonyms:
enter
Types:
ascend
become king or queen
Type of:
take office
assume an office, duty, or title
come after, follow, succeed
be the successor (of)
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