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acquiesce

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verb (used without object), ac·qui·esced, ac·qui·esc·ing.
  1. to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.

Origin of acquiesce

1610–20; < Latin acquiēscere to find rest in, equivalent to ac- ac- + quiē- (see quiet2) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix
Related formsac·qui·esc·ing·ly, adverbnon·ac·qui·esc·ing, adjective

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accede, concur; capitulate.

Antonyms

contest, protest.
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  • George was pleased with the change, and acquiesced in all the plans which were made.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Henry acquiesced in his father's wishes, but he did so reluctantly.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And of a truth, I acquiesced in all he said, seeing how shaken in body and mind he was.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • He acquiesced, and she got out and walked rapidly on toward the Blank House.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • It seemed to make him happier when she acquiesced in his wishes.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs


British Dictionary definitions for acquiesced

acquiesce

verb
  1. (intr; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest
Derived Formsacquiescence, nounacquiescent, adjectiveacquiescently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin acquiēscere to remain at rest, agree without protest, from ad- at + quiēscere to rest, from quiēs quiet

usage

The use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable
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Word Origin and History for acquiesced

acquiesce

v.

1610s, from Middle French acquiescer (16c.), from Latin acquiescere "to become quiet, remain at rest," thus "be satisfied with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + quiescere "to become quiet," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)). Related: Acquiesced; acquiescing.

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