Other forms: accessions; accessioning; accessioned

Accession is the act of advancing into a position. Being elected class president is a kind of accession.

Accession originally referred to a queen or king taking the throne. From the Latin term, accessionem, meaning "joining or increasing,” accession may refer to the gaining of access to any formal position, group, or right. It can also mean “agreement” — think of it as “joining in.” Accession may also refer to property — either something that increases your original collection, or the right to all of your property even through growth — such as the golden egg your new hen laid.

Definitions of accession
  1. noun
    the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne)
    “Elizabeth's accession in 1558”
    synonyms: rise to power
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    the act of achieving an aim
  2. noun
    the right to enter
    synonyms: access, admission, admittance, entree
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    anything providing a means of access (or escape)
    open door
    freedom of access
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    an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature
  3. noun
    (civil law) the right to all of that which your property produces whether by growth or improvement
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    property right
    the legal right of ownership
  4. noun
    a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group)
    “the art collection grew through accession
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    type of:
    growth, increase, increment
    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
  5. noun
    something added to what you already have
    “the librarian shelved the new accessions
    synonyms: addition
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    type of:
    something acquired
  6. verb
    make a record of additions to a collection, such as a library
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  7. noun
    agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
    accession to such demands would set a dangerous precedent”
    synonyms: assenting
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    type of:
    the verbal act of agreeing
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