Definition of accord in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkôrd/


1 [with object] Give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition): the powers accorded to the head of state [with two objects]: the young man had accorded her little notice
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  • This was rejected, however, and full constitutional recognition was accorded to them.
  • Sandback has never received the recognition accorded his minimalist peers.
  • The necklace suggests that the deceased had been accorded high status.
give, grant, present, award, vouchsafe;
confer on, bestow on, vest in, invest with
2 [no object] (accord with) (Of a concept or fact) be harmonious or consistent with.
Example sentences
  • This fact accords with results of previous studies, but given the scant data and the magnitude of the values, no conclusions can be drawn.
  • However that contention does not accord with the facts.
  • He needs to know that this trial presupposes certain immutable facts that conform to sense and reason and accord with perfect justice.
correspond to, agree with, match up with, concur with, be consistent with, harmonize with, be in harmony with, be compatible with, chime in with, be in tune with, correlate with, dovetail with;
conform to;
suit, fit, parallel, match
informal square with, jibe with


1An official agreement or treaty.
Example sentences
  • Months after his visit in 1996, peace accords were signed.
  • In 1996, peace accords were signed to bring an end to the armed conflict and to strike at the root causes of war.
  • Today, with peace accords signed, open elections have decided the current government.
pact, treaty, agreement, settlement, deal, entente, concordat, protocol, contract, convention
1.1Agreement or harmony: the government and the rebels are in accord on one point function and form in harmonious accord
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  • Our experts are in accord: nothing builds legs like squats because they're a compound movement that stimulates all major muscles of the legs.
  • The two men were in accord as to how the world ‘should’ work.
  • Indeed, they were not just in accord: they were symbiotic.
agreement, consensus, unanimity, harmony, unison, unity
formal concord



in accord with

According to.
Example sentences
  • A spokesman for the software giant says it believes it pays employees in accord with all prevailing laws.
  • For Wolf, free will concerns an agent's ability to act in accord with the True and the Good.
  • Plans can be rejected if found to be not in accord with this process and regional heads face sanctions depending on the severity of the mistake.

of one's own accord

Voluntarily or without outside intervention: he would not seek treatment of his own accord the rash may go away of its own accord
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  • But there was little need for my exhortation, for he came out of his own accord, not only willingly but with eagerness, and straight at me.
  • This was not a charge brought against him by some hostile critic; it was an admission he made freely of his own accord.
  • These reveal that many users spontaneously give up the drug of their own accord, without benefit of detox, rehab or any other professional intervention.
voluntarily, of one's own free will, of one's own volition, by choice;
willingly, freely, readily

with one accord

In a united way.
Example sentences
  • ‘Let's all play an A, a C sharp, and an E,’ cried Tom's band with one accord.
  • These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.
  • He will perfect the entire world so that its inhabitants will serve God together, as it is written, ‘For then I will make the peoples pure of speech, so that they all invoke the Lord by name and serve Him with one accord.’
unanimously, in complete agreement, with one mind, without exception, as one, of one voice, to a man


Old English, from Old French acorder 'reconcile, be of one mind', from Latin ad- 'to' + cor, cord- 'heart'; influenced by concord.

  • chord from Middle English:

    The sense of a group of musical notes was originally spelt cord and was a shortening of accord (Middle English) in the sense ‘bring into harmony’, which came from Latin accordere literally ‘to bring to heart’. The accordion (mid 19th century) ultimately gets its name from the same source. The sort of chord found in mathematics is also a respelling of cord, but this time in the sense ‘rope’. This was a Middle English word from Latin chorda, which came in turn from Greek khorde ‘gut, string of a musical instrument’. The spellings of both chords was changed to be more like their classical sources.

Words that rhyme with accord

aboard, abroad, afford, applaud, award, bawd, board, broad, chord, Claude, cord, ford, fraud, gaud, Gawd, hoard, horde, laud, lord, maraud, milord, sward, sword, toward, unawed, unexplored, unrestored, ward

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Syllabification: ac·cord

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