verb (used without object), ac·qui·esced, ac·qui·esc·ing.

to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.

Origin of acquiesce

1610–20; < Latin acquiēscere to find rest in, equivalent to ac- ac- + quiē- (see quiet2) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix
Related formsac·qui·esc·ing·ly, adverbnon·ac·qui·esc·ing, adjective

Synonyms for acquiesce

Antonyms for acquiesce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acquiesce

Contemporary Examples of acquiesce

Historical Examples of acquiesce

  • If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.

  • This truth is so simple that the very ease with which we acquiesce in it robs it of its power.

  • If you do not find him, will you not acquiesce that it is best you should not find him?

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Could I not pretend to acquiesce to his wishes, and so delay your end?

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Domiloff, who did not expect the Duke of Reist in an hour, was forced to acquiesce.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for acquiesce



(intr; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest
Derived Formsacquiescence, nounacquiescent, adjectiveacquiescently, adverb

Word Origin for acquiesce

C17: from Latin acquiēscere to remain at rest, agree without protest, from ad- at + quiēscere to rest, from quiēs quiet


The use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable
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Word Origin and History for acquiesce

1610s, from Middle French acquiescer (16c.), from Latin acquiescere "to become quiet, remain at rest," thus "be satisfied with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + quiescere "to become quiet," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)). Related: Acquiesced; acquiescing.

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