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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The prison authorities refuse to accede to their demands and have issued 176 dismissal notices.
▪ Inclan and the people of Puebla remained loyal to Herrera and to constitutional order and refused to accede to his demands.
▪ Managers have agreed to 860 posts being created to cover computerisation but they have not acceded to further staffing demands.
▪ I have no reason for acceding to your request for a second opinion.
▪ Partnerships will do well not to accede to requests for financial support for the bread and butter resources of schools.
▪ For example, a third party may claim the right to accede to a treaty in accordance with its terms.
▪ He would have been reluctant to accede if she had.
▪ I have no reason for acceding to your request for a second opinion.
▪ If they did, they would think twice before acceding to such inclinations.
▪ Managers have agreed to 860 posts being created to cover computerisation but they have not acceded to further staffing demands.
▪ Most people would accede to his wishes just to get him out of their face.
▪ The trades council acceded, and left him with a clear run.
▪ To accede to his arguments would require an unacceptable degree of judicial creativity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Accede \Ac*cede"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Acceded; p. pr. & vb. n. Acceding.] [L. accedere to approach, accede; ad + cedere to move, yield: cf. F. acc['e]dere. See Cede.]

  1. To approach; to come forward; -- opposed to recede. [Obs.]
    --T. Gale.

  2. To enter upon an office or dignity; to attain.

    Edward IV., who had acceded to the throne in the year 1461.
    --T. Warton.

    If Frederick had acceded to the supreme power.

  3. To become a party by associating one's self with others; to give one's adhesion. Hence, to agree or assent to a proposal or a view; as, he acceded to my request.

    The treaty of Hanover in 1725 . . . to which the Dutch afterwards acceded.

    Syn: To agree; assent; consent; comply; acquiesce; concur.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin accedere "approach, enter upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cedere "go, move" (see cede). Latin ad- usually became ac- before "k" sounds. Related: Acceded; acceding.


vb. 1 (context archaic intransitive English) To approach; to arrive, to come forward. (15th-19th c.) 2 (context intransitive now rare English) To give one's adhesion; to join up with (a group, etc.); to become part of. (from 15th c.) 3 (context intransitive English) To agree or assent to a proposal or a view; to give way. (from 16th c.) 4 (context intransitive English) To come to an office, state or dignity; to attain, assume (a position). (from 18th c.) 5 (context intransitive English) To become a party to an agreement or a treaty.

  1. v. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure" [syn: submit, bow, defer, give in]

  2. take on duties or office; "accede to the throne" [syn: enter]

  3. to agree or express agreement; "The Maestro assented to the request for an encore" [syn: assent, acquiesce] [ant: dissent]

Usage examples of "accede".

And if I asked Biliktu, after she had rested for a while, to come and join me and her sister, she might sigh, but she would usually accede, and she would give good account of herself.

Belgium, however, now refused to accede to the arrangement, by resolving not to cede Luxembourg.

Let them accede, then, to his proposition for a committee, and he would pledge himself to explode the fallacy of agricultural protection, and to put an end to the present system within two years from the publication of its report.

Saturday, prohibiting the proceedings at the trial to be published in the newspapers until the trial had been concluded, the court refused to accede to the request.

Union, or Confederation, under altered conditions, by the majority which should accede to them, with a recognition of the right of the recusant minority to withdraw, secede, or stand aloof.

Kentucky might have been to accede to the proposition of General Polk, and which from his knowledge of the views of his own Government he was fully justified in offering, the State of Kentucky had no power, moral or physical, to prevent the United States Government from using her soil as best might suit its purposes in the war it was waging for the subjugation of the seceded States.

The two officers thought that they ought to accede to the proposition, notwithstanding the decree of death which had been pronounced against the whole garrison, in consequence of the town being token by storm.

The Court of Vienna refused to accede to it, not placing perhaps so much importance on the deliverance of Mack as he had flattered himself it would.

He still kept his army in Spain, and this proceeding determined Portugal to accede to some slight alterations in the first treaty.

Were I to accede to this I might as well pack up at once and go and live on a farm a hundred leagues from Paris.

England, who at that moment had no reason to accede to the pretensions of France.

Paris the Pope, who was still at Fontainebleau, determined to accede to an arrangement, and to sign an act which the Emperor conceived would terminate the differences between them.

In his declaration he made rise of the singular pretext, that the more enemies there were against Napoleon there would be the greater chance of speedily obliging him to accede to conditions which would at length restore the tranquillity of which Europe stood so much in need.

But Napoleon could not accede to such proposals, for he was always ready to yield to illusion when the truth was not satisfactory to him.

After this complaint he communicated to the Congress the ostensible instructions of Napoleon, in which he authorised his Minister to accede to the demands of the Allies.