- to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often followed by to or an infinitive): He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented.
- Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony.
- permission, approval, or agreement; compliance; acquiescence: He gave his consent to the marriage.
- agreement in sentiment, opinion, a course of action, etc.: By common consent he was appointed official delegate.
- Archaic. accord; concord; harmony.
Origin of consent
- to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
- (intr) obsolete to be in accord; agree in opinion, feelings, etc
- acquiescence to or acceptance of something done or planned by another; permission
- accordance or harmony in opinion; agreement (esp in the phrase with one consent)
- age of consent the lowest age at which the law recognizes the right of a person to consent to sexual intercourse
Word Origin for consent
Word Origin and History for consenter
early 13c., from Old French consentir (12c.) "agree, comply," from Latin consentire "feel together," from com- "with" (see com-) + sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)). "Feeling together," hence, "agreeing, giving permission," apparently a sense evolution that took place in French before the word reached English. Related: Consented; consenting.
c.1300, "approval," also "agreement in sentiment, harmony," from Old French consente, from consentir (see consent (v.)). Age of consent is attested from 1809.