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acquiesce (v)

Definition of acquiesce

intransitive verb

: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively —often used with in or to


Synonyms

accede, agree, assent, come round, consent, subscribe

Antonyms

dissent


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




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