assent

[uh-sent]
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.
noun
  1. agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
  2. 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for assented

assent

noun
  1. agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
  2. hesitant agreement; compliance
  3. sanction
verb
  1. (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 assented

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.

assent

n.

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

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