[ ak-seed ]
/ ækˈsid /

verb (used without object), ac·ced·ed, ac·ced·ing.

to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually followed by to): to accede to the throne.
International Law. to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.

Nearby words

  1. accademia,
  2. accadian,
  3. accardo,
  4. accc,
  5. accd,
  6. accel.,
  7. accelerando,
  8. accelerant,
  9. accelerate,
  10. accelerated reader

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

Related forms
Can be confusedaccede concede exceed

Synonym study

1. See agree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accede


/ (ækˈsiːd) /

verb (intr usually foll by to)

to assent or give one's consent; agree
to enter upon or attain (to an office, right, etc)the prince acceded to the throne
international law to become a party (to an agreement between nations, etc), as by signing a treaty
Derived Formsaccedence, nounacceder, noun

Word Origin for accede

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

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Word Origin and History for accede



early 15c., from Latin accedere "approach, enter upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cedere "go, move" (see cede). Latin ad- usually became ac- before "k" sounds. Related: Acceded; acceding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper