[ uh-kawrd ]
See synonyms for: accordaccordedaccording on

verb (used without object)
  1. to be in agreement or harmony; agree.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make agree or correspond; adapt.

  2. to grant; bestow: to accord due praise.

  1. Archaic. to settle; reconcile.

  1. proper relationship or proportion; harmony.

  2. a harmonious union of sounds, colors, etc.

  1. consent or concurrence of opinions or wills; agreement.

  2. an international agreement; settlement of questions outstanding among nations.

Idioms about accord

  1. of one's own accord, without being asked or told; voluntarily: We did the extra work of our own accord.

Origin of accord

First recorded in 1100–50; Middle English a(c)corden, late Old English acordan, from Old French acorder, from Vulgar Latin accordāre (unrecorded), from Latin ac- ac- + cor (stem cord- ) “heart” (see cordial); see also heart

synonym study For accord

1. See correspond.

Other words for accord

Opposites for accord

Other words from accord

  • ac·cord·a·ble, adjective
  • ac·cord·er, noun
  • non·ac·cord, noun
  • pre·ac·cord, noun, verb (used without object)
  • un·ac·cord·a·ble, adjective
  • un·ac·cord·ed, adjective
  • well-ac·cord·ed, adjective

Words that may be confused with accord

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How to use accord in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for accord


/ (əˈkɔːd) /

  1. agreement; conformity; accordance (esp in the phrase in accord with)

  2. consent or concurrence of opinion

  1. with one accord unanimously

  2. pleasing relationship between sounds, colours, etc; harmony

  3. a settlement of differences, as between nations; compromise

  4. of one's own accord voluntarily

  1. to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement

  2. (tr) to grant; bestow

Origin of accord

C12: via Old French from Latin ad- to + cord-, stem of cor heart

Derived forms of accord

  • accordable, adjective
  • accorder, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with accord


see of one's own accord.

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