Definition of accede in English:


Line breaks: ac¦cede
Pronunciation: /əkˈsiːd


[no object] (usually accede to) • formal
  • 2Assume an office or position: Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558
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    • Churchill, who was in office when Elizabeth acceded to the throne in 1952, is thought to be the queen's favorite prime minister.
    • Instead, in May 1937, her shy husband acceded to the throne and she assumed what she once described as ‘this intolerable burden’.
    • Although the Queen acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, George VI, she was not crowned until 16 months later, such were the detailed arrangements to be put in place.
    succeed to, assume, attain, come to, come into, inherit, take over, be elevated to
  • 2.1Become a member of an organization: Albania acceded to the IMF in 1990
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    • The state of the Bulgarian path to EU membership was checked by Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg last week in Brussels at a meeting of EU member states, acceding countries and applicant countries.
    • And not a majority of Europe if we include, as we should, Europe's new members who will accede next year, all 10 of whom have been in our support.
    • ‘But [it's participating] with this notion that as a recently acceded member its main strategic and tactical goal is to pay as little as possible,’ he said.
    join, become a member of, become (a) party to, sign up to, enrol in


late Middle English (in the general sense 'come forward, approach'): from Latin accedere, from ad- 'to' + cedere 'give way, yield'.

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