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Definition of the verb acquiesce

What does acquiesce mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: acquiesced | acquiescing | acquiesces

  1. to agree or express agreement
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2]The enemy soldiers submitted to us

      Acquiesce Verbs (with the same syntax): accede, bow, capitulate, defer, give in, submit, succumb, yield.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of acquiesce: accede / assent
    • more generic word: agree = consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
    • more specific word: connive = encourage or assent to illegally or criminally

Alternative definition of the verb acquiesce


  1. [intransitive] 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; — followed by in, formerly also by with and to.
  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.

Definition of the verb acquiesce for high school students

    to agree without protesting
    • example: Though Mr. Correlli wanted to stay outside and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner, he acquiesced to her demands.

The verb acquiesce is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. "Acquiesce" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher. The song originally appeared as a B-side to Oasis' first UK #1 single, "Some Might Say", in April 1995. Its popularity led to it being included on the B-sides compilation album The Masterplan, released in 1998, after being voted for inclusion by fans of the band on their official website.
  2. "Acquiesce" is the 1995 single by Oasis.
    • released on (19 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acquiesce

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Google previewDefining Eclipse: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT (2010)

by Brian Leaf

Convulse means spasm, wrangle means argue, acquiesce means give in, and wane means decrease. Acquiesce is the second best answer; acquiescing (giving in) might mollify (soothe) someone whom ...

Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

To acquiesce means most nearly to (A) ...

Google previewInternational Conflict (2014)

Logic and Evidence by Stephen L. Quackenbush

Forcing the opponent to acquiesce is a low-cost way to achieve one's demand, and is therefore preferred over all other outcomes; its value is always 8.

Google previewThe Forbidden Gift (2004)

by Anttarr

The need to acquiesce is a power drive. The drive to inquire, investigate or ...

Google previewThe Catholic Answer Book (1990)

by Peter M. Stravinskas

For them to ask for this is a tremendous display of insensitivity; for a Catholic to acquiesce is a serious breach of faith and loyalty to the Church. The Catholic needs to remind this couple of the Vatican II statement: "Hence they could not be ...

Google previewThe National Standard Dictionary (1883)

A Pronouncing Lexicon of the English Language

Comply— acquiesce, accord, accede, agree, assent, consent, yield. Compose — calm, compound, form, put together, quiet, settle, soothe. Comprehend— appreciate, embrace, conceive, comprise, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

* To ACQUIESCE, v. n. [atquie/eer, Fr. ac- quiescere, Lat.] To rest in, or remain satisfied with, without opposition or discontent. It has in before the object. — Others will, upon account of the receivedness of the proposed opinion, think it rather ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

institute, institution, school, seminary, society, university Academy Award: Oscar acaudal: tailless accede: acknowledge, acquiesce, admit, agree, allow, approve, assent, attain, comply, consent, enter, grant, permit, yield accelerate: advance, ...

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

A Complete Encyclopedic Lexicon, Literary, Scientific, and Technological by John Ogilvie

To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent; usually implying previous opposition, uneasiness, or dislike, but ultimate compliance jr submission; as, to acquiesce in the dispensations of Providence.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

acquiesce. aoqui-esce \,a-kwe-'es\ vi -esced; -esc- ing : to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively — often used with in and sometimes with to — ac-qui- es-cence \, a- kwe-'es-3ns\n ac-quire \a-'kwTr\ vt aoquired; acquiring : to come into ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

acquiesce takes in or to. Some authorities have suggested that in is the only proper preposition. Yet the OED shows age-old examples with the construction acquiesce to, and its labeling that construction obsolete must be deemed a premature ...

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Some theists in evolutionary science acquiesce to these tacit rules and retain a personal faith while accepting a thoroughly naturalistic picture of physical reality. (Phillip E. Johnson)
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Scrabble value of A1C3Q10U1I1E1S1C3E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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