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.

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 formsac·ced·ence, nounac·ced·er, nounnon·ac·ced·ence, nounnon·ac·ced·ing, adjectivere·ac·cede, verb (used without object), re·ac·ced·ed, re·ac·ced·ing.un·ac·ced·ing, adjective
Can be confusedaccede concede exceed

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for accede

Contemporary Examples of accede

Historical Examples of accede

  • This decision was, that he ought to accede to the woman's request and that her faith might save her son.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Our friend has no doubt but the King of Prussia will accede to the convention.

  • Were he to accede to such a proposal as Oliver now made him, assuredly he must jeopardize all that.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • I think myself the very paragon of husbands to accede to the arrangement!

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • But the King of France would not accede to the terms, and so this plan was abandoned.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for accede


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