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acquiesce

[ ak-wee-es ]
/ ˌæk wiˈɛs /
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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.

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Origin of acquiesce

1610–20; <Latin acquiēscere to find rest in, equivalent to ac-ac- + quiē- (see quiet2) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM acquiesce

ac·qui·esc·ing·ly, adverbnon·ac·qui·esc·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acquiesce

acquiesce
/ (ˌækwɪˈɛs) /

verb

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

Derived forms of acquiesce

acquiescence, 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

usage for acquiesce

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