Verb acquiesce Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


acquiesce (third-person singular simple present acquiesces, present participle acquiescing, simple past and past participle acquiesced)

  1. (intransitive, with in (or sometimes with, to)) To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent (usually implying previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object.
  2. (intransitive) To concur upon conviction; as, to acquiesce in an opinion; to assent to; usually, to concur, not heartily but so far as to forbear opposition.

More definition: assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent, to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.

1. (intransitive; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest Derived Formsacquiescence, nounacquiescent, adjectiveacquiescently, adverb Usage noteThe use of to after acquiesce was formerly regarded as incorrect, but is now acceptable Word OriginC17, from Latin acquiēscere to remain at rest, agree without protest, from ad- at + quiēscere to rest, from quiēsquietCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1610s, from Middle French acquiescer (16c.), from Latin acquiescere "to become quiet, remain at rest," thus "be satisfied with," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + quiescere "to become quiet," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)). Related, Acquiesced; acquiescing.


Dictated the terms of a general pacification, and Charles XI., who bitterly resented "the insufferable tutelage" of the French king, was forced at last to acquiesce in a peace which at least left his empire practically intact.

" After a fleeting, illusive hope, prudence condemned me to acquiesce in the humble station of a mute.

The action of the Sanhedrin and the presence of the women suppliants in the Temple suggest, if the y do not prove, that this Hezekiah who harassed the Syrians was a Jewish patriot, who could not acquiesce and wait with Sameas.

Throughout this dual existence Mr Dodgson pertinaciously refused to acquiesce in being publicly identified with "Lewis Carroll."

The minute plainly stated that it had become a question whether the continued enjoyment of advantages resulting from the importation of cheap bounty-fed sugar to some British industries did not involve the ruin of the British sugar-producing colonies; and that he was not prepared, as secretary of state for the colonies, to accept the responsibility of allowing matters to take their course and to acquiesce in the policy of non-intervention hitherto pursued in regard to the bounties without having satisfied himself as to what such a policy might entail as regarded both the colonies and the exchequer.

Rassian Unable to acquiesce sincerely in its insignificance Province.

Being strongly in favour of peace, Pelham carried on the war with languor and indifferent success, but the country, wearied of the interminable struggle, was disposed to acquiesce in his foreign policy almost without a murmur.

Those of Bohemia, Moravia, Carinthia and Tirol, which were already pledged to support the January policy of the government, did not acquiesce in the February policy; and they refused to elect except on terms which the government could not accept.

A broken-hearted man, Charles was compelled to acquiesce in retreat (5th of December).

The proud Arabic lords could not acquiesce in paying to a plebeian like Hajjaj, invested with absolute power by the caliph, the strict obedience he required.

In 287 he suppressed the rising of the peasants (Bagaudae) in Gaul, but in 289, after a three years' struggle, his colleague and he were compelled to acquiesce in the assumption by his lieutenant Carausius (who had crossed over to Britain) of the title of Augustus.

Among the papers is a very important letter from Count Nesselrode to Count Pozzo di Borgo in which Russia declares herself to be the first to counsel the shah to acquiesce in the demand made upon him, because she found justice on the side of England and wrong on the side of Persia.

After the doctrines of Palamas had been recognized at the synod of 1351, Gregoras, who refused to acquiesce, was practically imprisoned in a monastery for two years.

Do you think they acquiesce in the precedent they will soon set?

It was decided that the father had consented, and subsequently acquiesced, to the child remaining in England.

The divorced father acquiesced in the removal of the children.

The UN acquiesced when the governments of Colombia, Mexico, and Central America invited the United States to send observers.

When asked to centralize the love story in the script, Bukowski readily acquiesced and then hated the results.

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