Definition of acquiesce
: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively —often used with in or to
Did You Know?
Acquiesce means essentially "to comply quietly," so it should not surprise you to learn that it is ultimately derived from the Latin verb quiescere, meaning "to be quiet."
It arrived in English around 1620, via the French acquiescer, with the now obsolete sense "to rest satisfied."
The earliest known recorded use of the word acquiesce in the sense of "to agree or comply" appeared in the writings of the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1651.
In his masterpiece Leviathan, Hobbes argued that people must subject themselves completely to a sovereign and should obey the teachings of the church.
Encouraging his readers to adopt his position he wrote, "Our belief . . . is in the Church; whose word we take, and acquiesce therein."
Examples of acquiesce in a Sentence
They demanded it, and he acquiesced.
Sony still stands to profit more than its would by acquiescing to Disney's terms.— Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Spider-Man' Divorce Shows Ugly Side of Fandom," 22 Aug. 2019