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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
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  • All this makes her the more reluctant to part with him; but, as it is for a throne, she acquiesces.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • But the sculptor, with his insight, acquiesces, so this man need not pity him.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • "France also acquiesces," said he, when he had finished the reading.

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • I feel as if I could kill every man who acquiesces in the present order of things.

  • It acquiesces in them; and, in a manner, fixes and reposes itself on them.

  • The Queen promptly claims him for her husband and he acquiesces.

  • But Edward Youmans was not made of the stuff that acquiesces in defeat.

  • He felt weak like a drowning man who acquiesces in the waters.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • He longs to live, yet acquiesces in death, argues not with the inexorable.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for acquiesces


(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 acquiesces



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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