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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.

  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

synonym study For assent

1, 2. See agree.

Other words for assent

Other words from assent

  • as·sent·ing·ly, adverb
  • as·sen·tive, adjective
  • as·sen·tive·ness, noun
  • as·sen·tor, as·sent·er, noun
  • non·as·sent·ing, adjective
  • re·as·sent, verb (used without object)
  • un·as·sent·ing, adjective
  • un·as·sen·tive, adjective

Words that may be confused with assent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use assent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for assent


/ (əˈsɛnt) /

  1. agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance

  2. hesitant agreement; compliance

  1. sanction

  1. (intr usually foll by to) to agree or express agreement

Origin of assent

C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think

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