[ uh-sent ]
/ əˈsɛnt /

verb (used without object)

to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to): to assent to a statement.
to give in; yield; concede: Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.


agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
acquiescence; compliance.

Origin of assent

1250–1300; Middle English asenten < Old French asenter < Latin assentārī, equivalent to as- as- + sen(t)- (see scent) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive suffix

Related forms

Can be confused

accent accentuate assentascent assent consent

Synonym study

1, 2. See agree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assent

British Dictionary definitions for assent


/ (əˈsɛnt) /


agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
hesitant agreement; compliance


(intr usually foll by to) to agree or express agreement

Word Origin for assent

C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think
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