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[ak-seed] /ækˈsid/
verb (used without object), acceded, acceding.
to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually followed by to):
to accede to the throne.
International Law. to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.
Origin of accede
1400-50; late Middle English: to approach, adapt to < Latin accēdere to approach, assent, equivalent to ac- ac- + cēdere to go; see cede
Related forms
accedence, noun
acceder, noun
nonaccedence, noun
nonacceding, adjective
reaccede, verb (used without object), reacceded, reacceding.
unacceding, adjective
Can be confused
accede, concede, exceed.
1. See agree. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for accede
  • Neither counsel may demand or suggest such provisions nor may opposing counsel accede or agree to such provisions.
  • Your proclivity to accede to any request of a dying patient does you credit.
  • You will be assimilated and accede to the social contract.
  • If there is to be democracy in Indonesia, the army will have to accede to it.
  • That said, I also accede that hate speech should be contained.
  • But he would not accede to the photographers' most urgent request.
  • Many of the parties are now prepared to accede to the demand.
  • People on both sides of the debate expect the administration to accede.
  • The youngest monarch to accede to the throne of England was only 9 months old.
  • And the governors themselves are under enormous pressure to accede.
British Dictionary definitions for accede


verb (intransitive) usually foll by to
to assent or give one's consent; agree
to enter upon or attain (to an office, right, etc): the prince acceded to the throne
(international law) to become a party (to an agreement between nations, etc), as by signing a treaty
Derived Forms
accedence, noun
acceder, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin accēdere to approach, agree, from ad- to + cēdere to go, yield
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Word Origin and History for accede

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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