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verb (used without object),ac·ced·ed, ac·ced·ing.
  1. to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.

  2. to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually followed by to): to accede to the throne.

  1. International Law. to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.

Origin of accede

1400–50; late Middle English: to approach, adapt to <Latin accēdere to approach, assent, equivalent to ac-ac- + cēdere to go; see cede

synonym study For accede

1. See agree.

Other words from accede

  • ac·ced·ence, noun
  • ac·ced·er, noun
  • non·ac·ced·ence, noun
  • non·ac·ced·ing, adjective
  • re·ac·cede, verb (used without object), re·ac·ced·ed, re·ac·ced·ing.
  • un·ac·ced·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with accede

Words Nearby accede Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accede in a sentence

  • Belgium, however, now refused to accede to the arrangement, by resolving not to cede Luxembourg.

  • He received the message, but did not, for reasons best known to himself, see fit to accede to the request.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Should he accede to Ferdinand's desire, formally communicated in a letter sent by Escoiquiz on October twelfth?

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for accede


/ (ækˈsiːd) /

verb(intr usually foll by to)
  1. to assent or give one's consent; agree

  2. to enter upon or attain (to an office, right, etc): the prince acceded to the throne

  1. international law to become a party (to an agreement between nations, etc), as by signing a treaty

Origin of accede

C15: from Latin accēdere to approach, agree, from ad- to + cēdere to go, yield

Derived forms of accede

  • accedence, noun
  • acceder, noun

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