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.

Definitions of accede
  1. verb
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    synonyms: bow, defer, give in, submit
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    type of:
    buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield
    consent reluctantly
  2. verb
    agree or express agreement
    synonyms: acquiesce, assent
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    withhold assent
    encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
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    consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
  3. verb
    take on duties or office
    accede to the throne”
    synonyms: enter
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    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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