Definition of accede in English:



[no object]formal
  • 1Agree to a demand, request, or treaty.

    ‘the authorities did not accede to the strikers' demands’
    • ‘Keith said that although the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance was expected to accede to a request by the coalition to hand him over to U.S. authorities who want to question him.’
    • ‘I could see no justification for Congress to accede to this extraordinary request for additional authority.’
    • ‘A letter will be drafted to his players' managers in the hope that they will accede to his request.’
    • ‘The housing authority has, however, a discretion to accede to the request.’
    • ‘And it's not as if every pub will apply for a 24 hr license - there's not the demand, let alone the desire of the local council to accede to the request.’
    • ‘However this leaves physicians in a difficult situation, since if they accede to a request from a patient to cease routine treatment, or to help her to die, they may very well under present laws, be charged with manslaughter.’
    • ‘The courts have upheld the rights of companies to refuse to accede to the requests of health authorities to fluoridate water.’
    • ‘Despite ASEAN's strong request, Japan was earlier reluctant to accede to the treaty amid worries that the pact could constrain its security alliance with the United States.’
    • ‘It is also this that has allowed us to accede to the request to accept President Aristide on to our shores.’
    • ‘And the noises coming from Dublin suggest that - given a new UN amendment - we might accede to a request for a contingent of Irish troops to be part of this international force.’
    • ‘We don't want that to happen this time, and we are hoping that the other parties would accede to our request for an early start and see how best it can be settled.’
    • ‘But Mr Hoon last week signalled that the UK was set to accede to America's request - even if the so-called bullet-hitting-a-bullet technology of anti-missile defence is not yet proven.’
    • ‘Lloyd George's People's Budget of 1909 precipitated a constitutional crisis that was resolved only when the House of Lords realised it had to accede to the demands of a modern democracy.’
    • ‘There is also a possibility that Australia and New Zealand could be included, though it depends on the two countries agreeing to accede to ASEAN's nonaggression pact, known as the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.’
    • ‘The decision on a 10-6 vote came just five days after the same committee agreed unanimously not to accede to Mr Dempsey's request to change the format of the ministerial session.’
    • ‘Most people accede to the request for the interview to be tape-recorded, though it is not uncommon for a small number to refuse.’
    • ‘When we refused to accede to these demands, they eventually said they'd supply the beers anyway, but later reneged on the deal, stating that they already had an exclusive contract with Melrose.’
    • ‘Just what I wanted to hear after a frustrating on-again, off-again few weeks before his last-minute decision to accede to our request for an interview.’
    • ‘Deputy O'Shea is pursuing the matter with NTL and has now written to NTL seeking that they accede to the request of Waterford City Council to return to the older arrangement.’
    • ‘Part of the reason for this is that the federal government's power to accede to international treaties has on occasion been a vehicle for increasing federal power.’
    agree to, consent to, accept, assent to, acquiesce in, endorse, comply with, go along with, concur with, allow, recognize, grant, surrender to, yield to, give in to, give way to, defer to
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  • 2Assume an office or position.

    ‘Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558’
    • ‘Her first official visits came before she acceded to the throne.’
    • ‘The world was a very different place when the Queen acceded to the throne.’
    • ‘Churchill, who was in office when Elizabeth acceded to the throne in 1952, is thought to be the queen's favorite prime minister.’
    • ‘The early years of their marriage appear to have been happy, but friends say the Duke changed when, in 1952, the Queen acceded to the throne.’
    • ‘This danger was instrumental in throwing Richard into the arms of Philip Augustus, who three years earlier had acceded to the throne of France.’
    • ‘Although the Queen acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, George VI, she was not crowned until 16 months later, such were the detailed arrangements to be put in place.’
    • ‘For people born on the day she acceded to the throne - February 6, 1952-there will be garden parties in London and Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Predictably, Babur's uncles and cousins attacked his territories soon after he had acceded to the throne.’
    • ‘By 1134, two of Sancho's sons had successively acceded to both thrones and died without heirs, leaving only one son left - Ramiro, Bishop of Barbastro-Roda.’
    • ‘The young Edward V acceded to the throne on the death of Edward IV.’
    • ‘Queen Anne acceded to the throne on the death of William III in a riding accident at Hampton Court.’
    • ‘There will be no public ceremony to mark the transferral of power, but the new leader is expected to give a public address once he has acceded to the throne.’
    • ‘When Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne in 1952 the United Kingdom was monocultural, hierarchical and deferential.’
    • ‘Henry VII died and his second son acceded to the throne as Henry VIII.’
    • ‘Instead, in May 1937, her shy husband acceded to the throne and she assumed what she once described as ‘this intolerable burden’.’
    • ‘The Government on Monday confirmed that Camilla would automatically become Queen when the Prince acceded to the throne, unless there was a change in legislation.’
    • ‘Like Thailand, Norway is a Constitutional Monarchy and the present King Harald V acceded to the Norwegian Throne after the death of his father, Olav V in 1991.’
    • ‘The death means the Queen, who acceded to the throne in 1952, becomes the longest-serving monarch in Europe.’
    • ‘A York businesswoman who was born 50 years ago today - the day the Queen acceded to the throne - is celebrating both landmarks by holding a special Jubilee sale.’
    • ‘So, in 1558 Elizabeth acceded to a troubled throne, after a five-year period in which Catholicism had been re-established in England with little apparent difficulty.’
    succeed to, assume, attain, come to, come into, inherit, take over, be elevated to
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    1. 2.1 Become a member of an organization.
      ‘Albania acceded to the IMF in 1990’
      • ‘Bulgaria and Romania are in the process of negotiations for membership, with the target to accede in 2007, and Turkey is another candidate for membership, but has not yet started negotiations.’
      • ‘According to Purvanov, the enlargement is in the best interests of both the old and the new member states because the acceding countries will make European economic cooperation more dynamic.’
      • ‘The state of the Bulgarian path to EU membership was checked by Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg last week in Brussels at a meeting of EU member states, acceding countries and applicant countries.’
      • ‘However, virtually all members that acceded this way were newly-independent former colonies.’
      • ‘‘But [it's participating] with this notion that as a recently acceded member its main strategic and tactical goal is to pay as little as possible,’ he said.’
      • ‘The one issue that emphasized was some special treatment for recently acceded members.’
      • ‘Today the WTO has 144 member countries, with at least 30 more planning to accede.’
      • ‘And not a majority of Europe if we include, as we should, Europe's new members who will accede next year, all 10 of whom have been in our support.’
      • ‘The commerce ministry's Sok Siphana hopes that the show may help give Cambodian businesses an edge as they face up to stiffer competition when the kingdom accedes to the World Trade Organization within the next few months.’
      • ‘There is tension between the member states and the acceding countries about the Common Agricultural Policy.’
      join, become a member of, become party to, become a party to, sign up to, enrol in
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Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘come forward, approach’): from Latin accedere, from ad- ‘to’ + cedere ‘give way, yield’.