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[uh-sent] /əˈsɛnt/
verb (used without object)
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
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.
1, 2. acquiesce. See agree. Unabridged
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  • Yes, it is, assented the young pitcher, for I did want Reggie Varley to know who really robbed his valise.

  • But Cousin Henry assented to the proposition and took his departure.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • The remark sounded a little inconsequent in Janetta's ear, but Margaret understood and assented.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • Craig assented eagerly, and Vandam left us for a moment to get them.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Much against his own will, Rivers assented, though his impatience frequent found utterance in words querulously sarcastic.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia William Gilmore Simms
  • "That's so," assented Mrs. March, bustling about to stir up the fire.

  • "Yes," assented, Stoliker, winking quietly at the professor.

  • Fred assented to this, provided Matthew would accompany him.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
  • “Imposing on our innocence, it seems to me,” assented Tom, gloomily.

British Dictionary definitions for assented


agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
hesitant agreement; compliance
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to agree or express agreement
Word Origin
C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think
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Word Origin and History for assented



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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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