Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

assent

[uh-sent] /əˈsɛnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to):
to assent to a statement.
2.
to give in; yield; concede:
Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
noun
3.
agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
4.
acquiescence; compliance.
Origin of assent
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English asenten < Old French asenter < Latin assentārī, equivalent to as- as- + sen(t)- (see scent) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive suffix
Related forms
assentingly, adverb
assentive, adjective
assentiveness, noun
assentor, assenter, noun
nonassenting, adjective
reassent, verb (used without object)
unassenting, adjective
unassentive, adjective
Can be confused
accent, accentuate, assent.
ascent, assent, consent.
Synonyms
1, 2. acquiesce.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See agree.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for assented
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He assented--and being thus, in a manner, ordered up--went it alone.

  • And Mrs. Roberts smiled, and assented to the statement, but not to the proposition.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "I shouldn't be in the least surprised," Mary assented, as she finished buttoning her gloves.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "Yes," assented, Stoliker, winking quietly at the professor.

  • Wanhope assented to the question referred to him with a nod.

  • "N'dio, bwana," assented the latter to a speech of which he understood not one word.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • I assented by a sign of the head, as slight as I could politely make it.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • "I'm so full of 'em I can hardly stick," he assented gloomily.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • "Probably you're right," I assented, impressed, as we turned a corner.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for assented

assent

/əˈsɛnt/
noun
1.
agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
2.
hesitant agreement; compliance
3.
sanction
verb
4.
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to agree or express agreement
Word Origin
C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for assented

assent

v.

c.1300, from Old French assentir "agree; get used to" (12c.), from Latin assentare "to agree with," frequentative of assentire, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense (n.)). Related: Assented; assenting.

assent

n.

early 14c., "consent, approval," from Old French assent, a back-formation from assentir (see assent (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for assent

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for assented

9
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for assented