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accord

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verb (used without object)
  1. to be in agreement or harmony; agree.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make agree or correspond; adapt.
  2. to grant; bestow: to accord due praise.
  3. Archaic. to settle; reconcile.
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noun
  1. proper relationship or proportion; harmony.
  2. a harmonious union of sounds, colors, etc.
  3. consent or concurrence of opinions or wills; agreement.
  4. an international agreement; settlement of questions outstanding among nations.
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Idioms
  1. of one's own accord, without being asked or told; voluntarily: We did the extra work of our own accord.
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Origin of accord

1100–50; Middle English ac(c)corden, late Old English acordan < Old French acorder < Vulgar Latin *accordāre, equivalent to Latin ac- ac- + cord- heart, mind; see cordial, heart
Related formsac·cord·a·ble, adjectiveac·cord·er, nounnon·ac·cord, nounpre·ac·cord, noun, verb (used without object)un·ac·cord·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cord·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cord·ed, adjective
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Synonyms

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1. harmonize, concur. 2. reconcile.

Synonym study

1. See correspond.

Antonyms

1. conflict. 3. withhold, deny; withdraw.
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British Dictionary definitions for of one's own accord

accord

noun
  1. agreement; conformity; accordance (esp in the phrase in accord with)
  2. consent or concurrence of opinion
  3. with one accord unanimously
  4. pleasing relationship between sounds, colours, etc; harmony
  5. a settlement of differences, as between nations; compromise
  6. of one's own accord voluntarily
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verb
  1. to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement
  2. (tr) to grant; bestow
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Derived Formsaccordable, adjectiveaccorder, noun

Word Origin

C12: via Old French from Latin ad- to + cord-, stem of cor heart
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Word Origin and History for of one's own accord

accord

v.

early 12c., from Old French acorder (12c.) "reconcile, agree, be in harmony," from Vulgar Latin *accordare "make agree," literally "be of one heart, bring heart to heart," from Latin ad- "to" + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (see heart). Related: Accorded; according.

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accord

n.

late 13c., accourd, from Old French acord "agreement," a back-formation from acorder (see accord (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with of one's own accord

of one's own accord

Also, of one's own free will. Voluntarily, without prompting or coercion, as in The entire audience rose of their own accord, or No, I'm climbing this mountain of my own free will. The first term dates from about 1450, the variant from about 1600.

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accord

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