Definition of assent in English:


Syllabification: as·sent
Pronunciation: /əˈsent



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  • Express approval or agreement, typically officially: Roosevelt assented to the agreement [with direct speech]: “Guest house, then,” Frank assented cheerfully
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    • The others nodded in mute agreement, assenting to the terms set down by the car's owner.
    • We then asked all children of consenting parents to assent to study participation.
    • By convention, the monarch will not refuse her assent to a Bill passed by Parliament and she will act on the advice of her ministers.
    agree to, accept, approve, consent to, acquiesce in, concur in, give one's blessing to; sanction, endorse, confirm
    informal give the go-ahead to, give the nod to, give the green light to, give the OK to, OK, give the thumbs up to
    formal accede to



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  • With just 75 minutes to go before the deadline for handing in completed nominations, the returning officer told us we needed to get the signatures of 30 assentors.
  • I now have to go through the process of getting thirty assentors in the Westport area, fifteen for the town council and fifteen different people for the county council.
  • Despite complaints from Independents about the difficulty in securing assentors, the field has the largest number of Independents for decades.


Middle English: from Old French as(s)enter (verb), as(s)ente (noun), based on Latin assentiri, from ad- 'toward' + sentire 'feel, think'.

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