Definition of accord in English:


Line breaks: ac¦cord
Pronunciation: /əˈkɔːd


  • 1 [with object] Give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition): the powers accorded to the head of state [with two objects]: the national assembly accorded the General more power
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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, tender, present, award, hand, vouchsafe, concede, yield, cede; confer on, bestow on, vest in, put in someone's hands; invest with, endow with, entrust with, favour with
  • 2 [no object] (accord with) (Of a concept or fact) be harmonious or consistent with: his views accorded well with those of Merivale
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    • 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, agree, tally, match up, concur, coincide, be in agreement, be consistent, equate, harmonize, be in harmony, be compatible, be consonant, be congruous, be in tune, dovetail, correlate; conform to; suit, fit, match, parallel
    informal square
    North American informal jibe


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in accord with

According to: things didn’t happen quite in accord with expectations
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  • 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, of one's own choice, of one's own choosing, by choice, by preference; willingly, readily, freely, intentionally, deliberately, on purpose, purposely, spontaneously, without being asked, without being forced, without hesitation, without reluctance; gladly, with pleasure, with good grace, eagerly, enthusiastically

with one accord

In a united way: the association is acting with one accord in this matter
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  • ‘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, unitedly, concertedly, 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.

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