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[uh-sent] /əˈsɛnt/
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.
Origin of assent
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
Related forms
assentingly, adverb
assentive, adjective
assentiveness, noun
assentor, assenter, noun
nonassenting, adjective
reassent, verb (used without object)
unassenting, adjective
unassentive, adjective
Can be confused
accent, accentuate, assent.
ascent, assent, consent.
1, 2. acquiesce. See agree. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for assent
  • 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.
  • Maggie felt it was time to speak; it would only be unkind now to assent by silence.
  • There is no climate of dissent nor, for that matter, assent.
  • He times the assent of the balloon until it disappears into the cloud and uses the time to determine the height of the cloud.
  • That follows his assent recently to the suggestion that Iraq was "pretty much a disaster" .
  • By opening this show without his assent, the museum has broken faith with the artist, the public and art itself.
  • The French government gave cheerful assent to the creation of a national champion.
  • Despite his assent, however, it is not clear that both chambers have the votes to pass the amendment.
British Dictionary definitions for assent


agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
hesitant agreement; compliance
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to agree or express agreement
Word Origin
C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think
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Word Origin and History for assent

c.1300, from Old French assentir "agree; get used to" (12c.), from Latin assentare "to agree with," frequentative of assentire, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense (n.)). Related: Assented; assenting.


early 14c., "consent, approval," from Old French assent, a back-formation from assentir (see assent (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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