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assent

[uh-sent] /əˈsɛnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to):
to assent to a statement.
2.
to give in; yield; concede:
Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
noun
3.
agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
4.
acquiescence; compliance.
Origin
1250-1300
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.
Synonyms
1, 2. acquiesce. See agree.
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British Dictionary definitions for reassent

assent

/əˈsɛnt/
noun
1.
agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
2.
hesitant agreement; compliance
3.
sanction
verb
4.
(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 reassent

assent

v.

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.

n.

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

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