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 acceding

Contemporary Examples of acceding

Historical Examples of acceding

  • His son at last cajoled him into acceding to the King's wishes.

    How the Piano Came to Be

    Ellye Howell Glover

  • She seemed to feel that her demand was right and proper, and his acceding to it the least he could do.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I am sorry to be obliged to refuse you, but I should not be justified in acceding to your request.

    Under the Meteor Flag

    Harry Collingwood

  • The work of acceding to the covenant conditions on the part of each is personal.

  • He could get rid of them now, now and for ever, by acceding to the proposition made to him.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for acceding


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 acceding



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