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verb (used without object),ac·qui·esced, ac·qui·esc·ing.
  1. to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.

Origin of acquiesce

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin acquiēscere “to find rest in, ” equivalent to ac- ac- + quiē- + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix

Other words for acquiesce

Opposites for acquiesce

Other words from acquiesce

  • ac·qui·esc·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·ac·qui·esc·ing, adjective

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How to use acquiesce in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for acquiesce


/ (ˌækwɪˈɛs) /

  1. (intr; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest

Origin of acquiesce

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

usage For acquiesce

The use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable

Derived forms of acquiesce

  • acquiescence, noun
  • acquiescent, adjective
  • acquiescently, adverb

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