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[ak-seed] /ækˈsid/
verb (used without object), acceded, acceding.
to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually followed by to):
to accede to the throne.
International Law. to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.
Origin of accede
1400-50; late Middle English: to approach, adapt to < Latin accēdere to approach, assent, equivalent to ac- ac- + cēdere to go; see cede
Related forms
accedence, noun
acceder, noun
nonaccedence, noun
nonacceding, adjective
reaccede, verb (used without object), reacceded, reacceding.
unacceding, adjective
Can be confused
accede, concede, exceed.
Synonym Study
1. See agree. Unabridged
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  • In the event of your acceding to my request it is probable that I shall have to narrate them to you.

    Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I am sorry to be obliged to refuse you, but I should not be justified in acceding to your request.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • Perhaps he sees that he cannot help himself and that he less parts with dignity by acceding.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • She seemed to feel that her demand was right and proper, and his acceding to it the least he could do.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But, vain as he was, he did not even wish to have the appearance of acceding to the original plan of Sarka!

  • He could get rid of them now, now and for ever, by acceding to the proposition made to him.

    Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope
  • Clive, unwilling to face a coalition between the French and the nabob, was in favour of acceding to the nabob's orders.

    With Clive in India G. A. Henty
  • Then acceding to his request, each man retired to his own home.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • They stated that they had "no hesitation in acceding to the Edinburgh Committee's construction," and adhering to the moves.

British Dictionary definitions for acceding


verb (intransitive) usually foll by to
to assent or give one's consent; agree
to enter upon or attain (to an office, right, etc): the prince acceded to the throne
(international law) to become a party (to an agreement between nations, etc), as by signing a treaty
Derived Forms
accedence, noun
acceder, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin accēdere to approach, agree, from ad- to + cēdere to go, yield
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for acceding



early 15c., from Latin accedere "approach, enter upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cedere "go, move" (see cede). Latin ad- usually became ac- before "k" sounds. Related: Acceded; acceding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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