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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-wee-es]
    • /ˌæk wiˈɛs/
    • /ˌæk.wiˈes/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-wee-es]
    • /ˌæk wiˈɛs/

Definitions of acquiesce word

  • verb acquiesce If you acquiesce in something, you agree to do what someone wants or to accept what they do. 3
  • verb acquiesce to comply (with); assent (to) without protest 3
  • intransitive verb acquiesce to agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm 3
  • verb without object acquiesce to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan. 1
  • noun acquiesce Accept something reluctantly but without protest. 1
  • intransitive verb acquiesce agree, consent 1

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Origin of acquiesce

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
1610-20; < Latin acquiēscere to find rest in, equivalent to ac- ac- + quiē- (see quiet2) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ere infinitive suffix

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Parts of speech for Acquiesce


acquiesce popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for acquiesce

verb acquiesce

  • conform — If something conforms to something such as a law or someone's wishes, it is of the required type or quality.
  • accede — If you accede to someone's request, you do what they ask.
  • concur — If one person concurs with another person, the two people agree. You can also say that two people concur.
  • comply — If someone or something complies with an order or set of rules, they are in accordance with what is required or expected.
  • give in — to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.

Antonyms for acquiesce

verb acquiesce

  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • resist — to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.

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