verb[no object] (usually accede to) • formal
- 1Agree to a demand, request, or treaty: the authorities did not accede to the strikers' demandsMore example sentences
- It is also this that has allowed us to accede to the request to accept President Aristide on to our shores.
- The decision on a 10-6 vote came just five days after the same committee agreed unanimously not to accede to Mr Dempsey's request to change the format of the ministerial session.
- There is also a possibility that Australia and New Zealand could be included, though it depends on the two countries agreeing to accede to ASEAN's nonaggression pact, known as the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.
- 2Assume an office or position: Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Become a member of an organization: Albania acceded to the IMF in 1990More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'come forward, approach'): from Latin accedere, from ad- 'to' + cedere 'give way, yield'.