- 1The expression of approval or agreement: a loud murmur of assent he nodded assentMore example sentences
- Both ambassadors nodded assent, as did the Council President as he looked around the room.
- Imagine your private thrill when everyone in the congregation nodded assent.
- I nodded assent, and promptly closed my eyes and began to daydream.
- 1.1Official agreement or sanction: the governor has power to withhold his assent from a billMore example sentences
- He has power to veto bills by withholding his assent.
- If the president withholds his assent, the bill will be killed.
- In such cases, it has the power either to assent or to withhold assent.
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- Express approval or agreement, typically officially: Roosevelt assented to the agreement [with direct speech]: “Guest house, then,” Frank assented cheerfullyMore example sentences
- 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.
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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'.