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 acquiesces

Contemporary Examples of acquiesces

Historical Examples of acquiesces

  • All this makes her the more reluctant to part with him; but, as it is for a throne, she acquiesces.


    William Ware

  • But the sculptor, with his insight, acquiesces, so this man need not pity him.

    Browning's Heroines

    Ethel Colburn Mayne

  • "France also acquiesces," said he, when he had finished the reading.

  • I feel as if I could kill every man who acquiesces in the present order of things.

  • It acquiesces in them; and, in a manner, fixes and reposes itself on them.

British Dictionary definitions for acquiesces



(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 acquiesces



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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