- the act of coming into the possession of a right, title, office, etc.: accession to the throne.
- an increase by something added: an accession of territory.
- something added: a list of accessions to the college library.
- Law. addition to property by growth or improvement.
- consent; agreement; approval: accession to a demand.
- International Law. formal acceptance of a treaty, international convention, or other agreement between states.
- the act of coming near; approach.
- an attack or onset, as of a disease.
- to make a record of (a book, painting, etc.) in the order of acquisition.
- to acquire (a book, painting, etc.), especially for a permanent collection.
Origin of accession
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- the act of entering upon or attaining to an office, right, condition, etc
- an increase due to an addition
- an addition, as to a collection
- property law
- an addition to land or property by natural increase or improvement
- the owner's right to the increased value of such land
- international law the formal acceptance of a convention or treaty
- agreement; consent
- a less common word for access (def. 2)
- (tr) to make a record of (additions to a collection)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"act of coming to a position," especially of a throne, 1640s, from Latin accessionem (nominative accessio) "a going to, joining, increase," noun of action from past participle stem of accedere (see accede).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper