Assent means agreement. If you nod your head in assent, you agree to something or you assent to it.

As a verb, assent is generally followed by a phrase beginning with the word "to:" You assent to a plan, an agreement, or to an idea. Assent is also something that you can give. You can give your assent to marry your partner if he or she asks really nicely. The opposite of assent is dissent –– which means disagreeing, or even protesting in a formal way.

Definitions of assent
  1. verb
    agree or express agreement
    “The Maestro assented to the request for an encore”
    synonyms: accede, acquiesce
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    withhold assent
    encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
    type of:
    consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
  2. noun
    agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
    “he gave his assent eagerly”
    synonyms: acquiescence
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    (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract)
    conceding, concession, yielding
    the act of conceding or yielding
    bye, pass
    you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent
    type of:
    the verbal act of agreeing
Commonly confused words

ascent / assent

Assent refers to agreement, while an ascent is a climb. Before we make our way to the top of Mount Everest, we need to make sure our guides assent to our ascent.

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