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Tuesday, May 18, 2004


\ak-SEED\ , intransitive verb;
To agree or assent; to give in to a request or demand.
To become a party to an agreement, treaty, convention, etc.
To attain an office or rank; to enter upon the duties of an office.
Well, after much blustering and standing and sitting, he acceded to my demand.
-- Alfred Alcorn, Murder in the Museum of Man
Jiang Zemin, the Chinese president, announced that China would accede to the Information Technology Agreement signed last winter, which will eliminate China's steep tariffs on imported computer and telecommunications equipment.
-- John M. Broder, "U.S. and China Reach Trade Pacts but Clash on Rights", New York Times, October 30, 1997
She is looking down at him with a tender smile, as if he were a prince, Harry thinks, and she a servant, grateful to accede to his every whim.
-- Millicent Dillon, Harry Gold
Accede derives from Latin accedere, "to approach, to accede," from ad-, "toward, to" + cedere, "to move, to yield."
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