- to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to): to assent to a statement.
- to give in; yield; concede: Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
- agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
- acquiescence; compliance.
Origin of assent
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Examples from the Web for assent
There was a ripple of assent in the crowd as the word spread.On the Road With Kesey's (Drug-Free) Acid Test
August 27, 2014
CEO Mark Thompson for his advice on how she should broach the subject with Baquet and try to get his assent.Fired New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Blitzes the Media
July 18, 2014
The crowd of political newcomers, and former Labour and Conservative voters roared their assent.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?
April 30, 2014
The crowd on the floor responded with a half-hearted murmur of assent.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In
August 14, 2013
The first soldier to charge across this rhetorical veld is followed by hundreds harrumphing their assent.There Are No ‘Absolute’ Rights
May 5, 2013
And then, as the other nodded in assent, she spoke with a compelling kindliness.Within the Law
The foreman only glanced at him in silence, and the young man took this for assent.The Gentleman From Indiana
And the women would slowly nod their heads in token of assent.My Double Life
I gave a sort of assent--attended with nausea--and turned to my saddle, but he clung.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
And the wife, looking at him with wet eyes, nodded an assent.Southern Lights and Shadows
- agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
- hesitant agreement; compliance
- (intr usually foll by to) to agree or express agreement
Word Origin and History for assent
early 14c., "consent, approval," from Old French assent, a back-formation from assentir (see assent (v.)).