verb (used without object)
Origin of assent
Examples from the Web for assent
There was a ripple of assent in the crowd as the word spread.
CEO Mark Thompson for his advice on how she should broach the subject with Baquet and try to get his assent.Fired New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Blitzes the Media|Lloyd Grove|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd of political newcomers, and former Labour and Conservative voters roared their assent.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?|Nico Hines|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd on the floor responded with a half-hearted murmur of assent.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In|Mike Giglio|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The first soldier to charge across this rhetorical veld is followed by hundreds harrumphing their assent.
He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
Morris bowed his head in assent, and there was silence for a while.Stella Fregelius|H. Rider Haggard
Not a word, however, of this could he say, and so he nodded his assent to Misset's proposal.Clementina|A.E.W. Mason
"Well, we're ready," announced Tom, and the others of the picked squadron nodded in assent.Air Service Boys Over The Rhine|Charles Amory Beach
Yes, if you can do it without scratching our paint, came the assent from the Buzzard.The Motor Boat Club in Florida|H. Irving Hancock
Word Origin 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.)).