[kuh n-sent]

verb (used without object)

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

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English consenten < Anglo-French, Old French consentir < Latin consentīre (see consensus); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.
Related formscon·sent·er, nouncon·sent·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·sent, nounnon·con·sent·ing, adjective, nounpre·con·sent, noun, verb (used without object)re·con·sent, verb (used without object)un·con·sent·ing, adjective
Can be confusedascent assent consent

Synonym study

1. See agree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consenting

Contemporary Examples of consenting

Historical Examples of consenting

  • She paused, with a look of expectation, as if she waited for my consenting answer.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I dare say his modesty would prevent his consenting to the plan.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He therefore ended by consenting to act as guide to the two comrades.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • "I told her of your consenting to help Mr. Taylor in his dilemma," said Mother.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And no sooner had Balbi written, consenting, than Casanova explained what was to do.

British Dictionary definitions for consenting



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
Derived Formsconsenter, nounconsenting, adjective

Word Origin for consent

C13: from Old French consentir, from Latin consentīre to feel together, agree, from sentīre to feel
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Word Origin and History for consenting



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.

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