verb (used without object)
to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to ): to assent to a statement.
to give in; yield; concede: Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
acquiescence; compliance.

1250–1300; Middle English asenten < Old French asenter < Latin assentārī, equivalent to as- as- + sen(t)- (see scent) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive suffix

assentingly, adverb
assentive, adjective
assentiveness, noun
assentor, assenter, noun
nonassenting, adjective
reassent, verb (used without object)
unassenting, adjective
unassentive, adjective

1. accent, accentuate, assent ; 2. ascent, assent, consent.

1, 2. acquiesce. See agree. Unabridged
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assent (əˈsɛnt)
1.  agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
2.  hesitant agreement; compliance
3.  sanction
vb (usually foll by to)
4.  to agree or express agreement
[C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. assentir (12c.), from L. assentare "to agree with," freq. of assentire, from ad- "to" + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense). The noun is c.1300, from O.Fr. assent, a back-formation from assentir.
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Example sentences
He put off marrying till his manager gave his assent.
Your silence is being read as not only permission but assent.
Thompson nods her assent.
There is no climate of dissent nor, for that matter, assent.
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