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assent

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verb (used without object)
  1. to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to): to assent to a statement.
  2. to give in; yield; concede: Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
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noun
  1. agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
  2. 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
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

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1, 2. acquiesce.

Synonym study

1, 2. See agree.
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  • 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

assent

noun
  1. agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
  2. hesitant agreement; compliance
  3. sanction
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verb
  1. (intr usually foll by to) to agree or express agreement
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think
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Word Origin and History for assent

v.

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.

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n.

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

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