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assent

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/ əˈsɛnt /
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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.

noun

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

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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

synonym study for assent

1, 2. See agree.

OTHER WORDS FROM assent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH assent

1. accent, accentuate, assent 2. ascent, assent , consent
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ASSENT VS. ASCENT

What's the difference between assent and ascent?

Assent can be a noun meaning agreement, as in I give my assent, or a verb meaning to agree or give in, as in I assent to your terms. Ascent is a noun that means the act of moving upward (ascending), an upward movement, or upward movement in general.

The two words are pronounced exactly the same.

Perhaps the best way to remember the difference between the two is to think about what related words mean and how they’re spelled. Words related to assent involve agreement or disagreement and end with -sent, including consent and dissent.

Words related to ascent involve movement and are spelled with sc, including ascend, ascension, descent, descend, and transcend.

Here’s an example of assent and ascent used correctly in a sentence.

Example: I asked him if he really wanted to climb the mountain, he gave his assent, and we began our ascent.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between assent and ascent.

Quiz yourself on assent vs. ascent!

Should assent or ascent be used in the following sentence?

The balloon’s _____ into the air was slowed by all the weight attached to it.

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British Dictionary definitions for assent

assent
/ (əˈsɛnt) /

noun

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

verb

(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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