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 formsas·sent·ing·ly, adverbas·sen·tive, adjectiveas·sen·tive·ness, nounas·sen·tor, as·sent·er, nounnon·as·sent·ing, adjectivere·as·sent, verb (used without object)un·as·sent·ing, adjectiveun·as·sen·tive, adjective
Can be confusedaccent accentuate assentascent assent consent

Synonyms for assent

1, 2. acquiesce.

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for assent

Contemporary Examples of assent

Historical Examples of assent

  • And then, as the other nodded in assent, she spoke with a compelling kindliness.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The foreman only glanced at him in silence, and the young man took this for assent.

  • And the women would slowly nod their heads in token of assent.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I gave a sort of assent--attended with nausea--and turned to my saddle, but he clung.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • And the wife, looking at him with wet eyes, nodded an assent.

British Dictionary definitions for assent



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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Word Origin and History for assent

c.1300, from Old French assentir "agree; get used to" (12c.), from Latin assentare "to agree with," frequentative of assentire, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense (n.)). Related: Assented; assenting.


early 14c., "consent, approval," from Old French assent, a back-formation from assentir (see assent (v.)).

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