- 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 act was given the Royal AssentMore example sentences
agreement, acceptance, approval, approbation, consent, acquiescence, compliance, concurrence; blessing, imprimatur, seal/stamp of approval, rubber stamp; sanction, endorsement, ratification, authorization, mandate, licence, validation; confirmation, support, backing; permission, leave• informal the go-ahead, the green light, the OK, the thumbs up, the nod, say-so
- 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.
verb[no object] (often assent to) Back to top
- Express approval or agreement: the Prime Minister assented to the change [with direct speech]: ‘Guest house, then,’ Frank assented cheerfullyMore example sentences
agree to, accept, approve, consent to, acquiesce in, concur in, accede to, give one's blessing to, bless, give one's seal/stamp of approval to, rubber-stamp, say yes to; ratify, sanction, endorse, authorize, mandate, license, warrant, validate, pass; confirm, support, back; give one's permission/leave• informal give the go-ahead to, give the green light to, give the OK to, OK, give the thumbs up to, give the nod, say the word, buy
- 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.
assenter (also assentor)
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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 assentire, from ad- 'towards' + sentire 'feel, think'.