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Latin acquiescere; ad + quiescere ("to be quiet"), from quies ("rest"). Compare French acquiescer.



to acquiesce

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to acquiesce (third-person singular simple present acquiesc, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent (usually implying previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object; — followed by in, formerly also by with and to.
    They were compelled to acquiesce in a government which they did not regard as just. - Thomas De Quincey.
  2. (intransitive) To concur upon conviction; as, to acquiesce in an opinion; to assent to; usually, to concur, not heartily but so far as to forbear opposition.
    I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over them. - Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band


  • 1794Charlotte Smith, The Banished Man, vol II, ch 16
    I entirely acquiesce in all the observations you make in your letter; they are worthy of your heart and understanding;
  • 1799Thomas Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolution of 1799
    The representatives of the good people of this commonwealth in general assembly convened, having maturely considered the answers of sundry states in the Union, to their resolutions passed at the last session, respecting certain unconstitutional laws of Congress, commonly called the alien and sedition laws, would be faithless indeed to themselves, and to those they represent, were they silently to acquiesce in principles and doctrines attempted to be maintained in all those answers, that of Virginia only excepted.
  • 1815Jane Austen, Emma, vol III, ch 19
    She could not bear to see him suffering, to know him fancying himself neglected; and though her understanding almost acquiesced in the assurance of both the Mr. Knightleys, that when once the event were over, his distress would be soon over too, she hesitated--she could not proceed.
  • 1847Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, ch XXV
    Cathy was a powerful ally at home; and between them they at length persuaded my master to acquiesce in their having a ride or a walk together about once a week, under my guardianship, and on the moors nearest the Grange: for June found him still declining.
  • 1861Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address (4 March)
    If a minority, in such case, will secede rather than acquiesce, they make a precedent which, in turn, will divide and ruin them; for a minority of their own will secede from them whenever a majority refuses to be controlled by such minority.
  • 1899Kate Chopin, The Awakening, ch XXVII
    “Well, that ought to be reason enough,” he acquiesced.
  • 1924Herman Melville, Billy Budd, ch 19
    The spare form flexibly acquiesced, but inertly. It was like handling a dead snake.


To submit; comply; yield; assent; agree; consent; accede; concur; conform; accept tacitly.


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acquiesce” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.




  1. First-person singular present indicative of acquiescer.
  2. Third-person singular present indicative of acquiescer.
  3. First-person singular present subjunctive of acquiescer.
  4. Third-person singular present subjunctive of acquiescer.
  5. Second-person singular imperative of acquiescer.

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