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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
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British Dictionary definitions for accede to


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 to



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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