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[ak-wee-es] /ˌæk wiˈɛs/
verb (used without object), acquiesced, acquiescing.
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 forms
acquiescingly, adverb
nonacquiescing, adjective
accede, concur; capitulate.
contest, protest. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


(intransitive; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest
Derived Forms
acquiescence, noun
acquiescent, adjective
acquiescently, adverb
Usage note
The use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acquiēscere to remain at rest, agree without protest, from ad- at + quiēscere to rest, from quiēsquiet
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Word Origin and History for acquiesced



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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