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[ak-wee-es] /ˌæk wiˈɛs/
verb (used without object), acquiesced, acquiescing.
to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent:
to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.
Origin of acquiesce
1610-20; < Latin acquiēscere to find rest in, equivalent to ac- ac- + quiē- (see quiet2) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix
Related forms
acquiescingly, adverb
nonacquiescing, adjective
accede, concur; capitulate.
contest, protest. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acquiesce
  • Avoiding public tantrums is a major reason we acquiesce and buy our kids junk.
  • But we need not acquiesce to either the temptation of war or to the risks of a steady drift toward containment.
  • It looks like "grow up" means to just shut up and accept, to acquiesce and go with the status quo.
  • Well, when an alligator demands your pajamas, all you can do is acquiesce.
  • Elizabeth said no more; but her mind could not acquiesce.
  • This re-sourcing strategy upset the local suppliers, but they initially had little alternative but to acquiesce.
  • Some embrace it, some grudgingly acquiesce to it and plenty reject it.
  • It would probably not acquiesce to a big overseas takeover by the firm, preferring it to spend on creating jobs at home.
  • The public, we do not doubt, will acquiesce in the propriety of this decision.
  • Privileged politicians in power will always want their subjects to acquiesce and conform to their rule.
British Dictionary definitions for acquiesce


(intransitive; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest
Derived Forms
acquiescence, noun
acquiescent, adjective
acquiescently, adverb
Usage note
The use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acquiēscere to remain at rest, agree without protest, from ad- at + quiēscere to rest, from quiēsquiet
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Word Origin and History for acquiesce

1610s, from Middle French acquiescer (16c.), from Latin acquiescere "to become quiet, remain at rest," thus "be satisfied with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + quiescere "to become quiet," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)). Related: Acquiesced; acquiescing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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