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accord

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/ əˈkɔrd /
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verb (used without object)
to be in agreement or harmony; agree.
verb (used with object)
noun
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Idioms about accord

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

Origin of accord

1100–50; Middle English ac(c)corden,late Old English acordan<Old French acorder<Vulgar Latin *accordāre, equivalent to Latin ac-ac- + cord- heart, mind; see cordial, heart

synonym study for accord

1. See correspond.

OTHER WORDS FROM accord

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH accord

accord , afford
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MORE ABOUT ACCORD

What does accord mean?

To accord is to agree or be in harmony with someone or something.

Accord is usually used formally to mean to work together. It is often used in official decrees, analysis of public figures, and governmental affairs.

Related to this, an accord is an agreement. In particular when nations agree to something, we often say they have reached an accord, as with the Paris Climate Accords.

To accord can also mean to grant or bestow. Oftentimes an item that is accorded is something that will strengthen a relationship or agreement, as with according someone praise or forgiveness.

Example: Failure to reach an accord will mean the battle will continue for years to come.

Where does accord come from?

The first records of the term accord come from the 1100s. It comes from the Latin accordāre. In Latin, the term cord means “heart” or “mind.” In the same way, accord means “to add heart” or “lend mind,” as one does when they accord.

One of the most common uses of accord is in the phrase of one’s own accord, meaning “voluntarily” or  “done without being asked to.” If you do something of your own will, you are showing a desire to accord with those who benefit from your action. If you empty the dishwasher of your own accord, you’re showing the people you live with a desire to help take care of your home, which can create accord among everyone you live with.

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What are some other forms related to accord?

  • accordable (adjective)
  • accorder (noun)
  • according (adjective)
  • accordant (adjective)
  • well-accorded (adjective)

What are some synonyms for accord?

What are some words that share a root or word element with accord

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How is accord used in real life?

Accord is usually used in academic or professional settings, although it is sometimes used casually as well.

 

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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for accord?

A. agree
B. fight
C. confirm
D. afirm

How to use accord in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for accord

accord
/ (əˈkɔːd) /

noun
verb
to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement
(tr) to grant; bestow

Derived forms of accord

accordable, adjectiveaccorder, noun

Word Origin for accord

C12: via Old French from Latin ad- to + cord-, stem of cor heart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with accord

accord

see of one's own accord.

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