• Agree to a demand, request, or treaty.
  • Assume an office or position.
  • Become a member of a community or organization.

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Example Sentences

“The authorities acceded to the thief’s demands in exchange for the painting.”

“The Vice President will accede to the presidency while the President is undergoing a medical procedure.”

“When I acceded to the condo board, my first goal was to make more green space on the roof.”

Word Origin

Latin, 15th century

Why this word?

“Accede” developed in Middle English as a word that meant “come forward” or “to approach.” Today, the word has a few usages: “to agree to a demand,” “to assume an office or position,” and “to become a member of an organization.” The most familiar usage might be when a monarch accedes to a throne, but it can be used with other titles of nobility, too. England’s nobility, for example, follows a strict hierarchy — a baron is the lowest royal position, while a duke is second only to a prince. This makes royal succession easier to visualize. Just as a prince might accede to the throne in the case of an absent monarch, a duke has the right to do so in the case of an absent prince.

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