[ 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
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 FROM acquiesceac·qui·esc·ing·ly, adverbnon·ac·qui·esc·ing, adjective
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How to use acquiesce in a sentence
Pamela acquiesces to an extremely uncomfortable kiss, and then is finally allowed to go.Louie Attempts Rape (and Explores the ‘Nice Guy’ Phenomenon)|Amy Zimmerman|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the comedian acquiesces and makes a Freddy Krueger joke, the audience turns on him.Are Key and Peele Biracial Geniuses or Are They Just Really Funny?|Sujay Kumar|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So when he announces they are moving to some other neighborhood, city or state she acquiesces with better grace than other types.How to Analyze People on Sight|Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
How can he do this if he himself acquiesces in a very imperfect knowledge and practice of his duty?Life of John Coleridge Patteson|Charlotte M. Yonge
It may further happen that a State at first protests, but afterwards either expressly or tacitly acquiesces in the act.International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2)|Lassa Francis Oppenheim
But if the laws of his country authorise him to do so, and if he acquiesces, any prisoner may be released on parole.International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)|Lassa Francis Oppenheim
Against his better judgment her father acquiesces and arrangements for a wedding with Sisupala go forward.The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry|W. G. Archer
British Dictionary definitions for acquiesce
/ (ˌækwɪˈɛs) /
(intr; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest
Derived forms of acquiesceacquiescence, 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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