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acquiesce Line breaks: ac¦qui|esce
Pronunciation: /ˌakwɪˈɛs/

Definition of acquiesce in English:


[no object]
Accept something reluctantly but without protest: Sara acquiesced in his decision
More example sentences
  • The police reluctantly acquiesced to the proposals given no alternatives were offered.
  • However, to understand is not to acquiesce in or accept these developments.
  • Then folding the map away, he instructed her to start driving again and Andrea reluctantly acquiesced.


Early 17th century: from Latin acquiescere, from ad- 'to, at' + quiescere 'to rest'.

  • There is a notion of peacefully leaving an argument unspoken in acquiesce which comes from Latin acquiescere, from ad- ‘at’ and quiescere ‘to rest’.

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