Definition of accord in English:



  • 1with object Give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition)

    ‘the powers accorded to the head of state’
    with two objects ‘the national assembly accorded the General more power’
    • ‘In some developed countries too, women were accorded the right to vote very late.’
    • ‘The Scottish Arts Council has not been accorded the credit it has deserved over the past few years.’
    • ‘Arthur Miller's drama has so long been accorded canonical status that it can easily be taken for granted.’
    • ‘Theirs was a vision that accorded primacy to culture, but in a dangerously narrow way.’
    • ‘To spot the visual icons of the future, we need to understand why certain images were accorded that status in the past.’
    • ‘She was accorded a state funeral in recognition of her work and as Governor of South Australia.’
    • ‘As these units merged and the leaders were accorded ranks, Hario was accorded the rank of Major.’
    • ‘By contrast, those in favour of reform were accorded a respect that bordered on the deferential.’
    • ‘He became one of only four British recording stars to be accorded such an honour.’
    • ‘The greatest kudos, he says, is accorded to those who have been caught more than once, yet continue to break the law.’
    • ‘It is accorded the power to change size at will and to bring the rain that farmers need.’
    • ‘The changes have also accorded the weekend soldiers a far bigger involvement in active military operations.’
    • ‘The necklace suggests that the deceased had been accorded high status.’
    • ‘He has been accorded the status of a senior statesman in the Indian cricket team by his mates.’
    • ‘It was their first show in Roscommon in many years and they were accorded a rapturous welcome.’
    • ‘The Law of Guarantees, as it was known, accorded the pope the status and honours of a sovereign.’
    • ‘Sandback has never received the recognition accorded his minimalist peers.’
    • ‘They fight for their rights and ensure they are accorded their due status in society.’
    • ‘He will then be accorded the status of a national party leader in the Commons.’
    • ‘This was rejected, however, and full constitutional recognition was accorded to them.’
    give, grant, tender, present, award, hand, vouchsafe, concede, yield, cede
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  • 2accord withno object (of a concept or fact) be harmonious or consistent with.

    ‘his views accorded well with those of Merivale’
    • ‘The fact that Jesus knows them also accords with Milton's belief that true wisdom and virtue must be tried and tested with the knowledge of evil.’
    • ‘It accords with all the accepted definitions of a religion, and so a case can certainly be made for it in that respect.’
    • ‘Not sure how I've missed this before as it's something that accords with my own thinking and beliefs.’
    • ‘But the general direction the Chancellor is taking accords with my views.’
    • ‘You may be assured, however, that every ‘fact’ or figure that appears here has previously appeared in print somewhere, and has at least some likelihood of according with reality.’
    • ‘In any event, it accords with your recollection, doesn't it?’
    • ‘The decision accords with international norms.’
    • ‘But it's pretty well informed, entirely logical, accords with what we know and were reliably informed, and is all too plausible.’
    • ‘His story of how the deal was concluded is the first more detailed account of what actually happened, and roughly accords with what I had thought.’
    • ‘This fact accords with results of previous studies, but given the scant data and the magnitude of the values, no conclusions can be drawn.’
    • ‘But she's not actually ugly; she's just pert and smart-mouthed and has a sexy voice, completely according with that rom-com genre convention of the comic sidekick to the heroine.’
    • ‘In a statement, the Department stressed its handling of all aspects of BSE fully accords with EU and national legislation.’
    • ‘However that contention does not accord with the facts.’
    • ‘It is a confusion which is rampant among both doctors and philosophers, as it accords with the prevailing ethic of our society which is utilitarian and consequentialist.’
    • ‘This accords with his foreign policy doctrine that there should be no intervention in areas where US interests are not involved.’
    • ‘This accords with the totally integrated work force concept and will provide the steps necessary for future employment.’
    • ‘Marriage is all very well and good if it accords with the beliefs of two people who want to commit to each other for life.’
    • ‘You trust the translation accords with grammatical convention.’
    • ‘He needs to know that this trial presupposes certain immutable facts that conform to sense and reason and accord with perfect justice.’
    • ‘This government investment in sport accords with the temper of the times.’
    correspond, agree, tally, match up, concur, coincide, be in agreement, be consistent, equate, harmonize, be in harmony, be compatible, be consonant, be congruous, be in tune, dovetail, correlate
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  • 1An official agreement or treaty.

    ‘opposition groups refused to sign the accord’
    ‘a peace accord’
    • ‘In exchange, Mexico gains preferential trade access to the countries with which it has signed trade accords.’
    • ‘In 1996, peace accords were signed to bring an end to the armed conflict and to strike at the root causes of war.’
    • ‘This is only a small sample of the agreements, accords, and other legislation that Canada has passed and signed regarding diversity.’
    • ‘In addition, the negotiations by the EU aim at separate accords with each region, and no country may negotiate in more than one bloc.’
    • ‘Some political analysts contend that the signing of the peace accords is the first step toward bringing an end to the civil wars that have long flourished in the two countries.’
    • ‘New Zealand has free-trade accords with Australia and Singapore, and is in talks on a partnership with Thailand.’
    • ‘Months after his visit in 1996, peace accords were signed.’
    • ‘These accords granted indigenous communities autonomy and respect for traditions and customs.’
    • ‘This would meet at least once a year and try to implement existing treaties and other global accords affecting forests and overlogging.’
    • ‘The accords were written by community members and signed by those present.’
    • ‘Glenmorangie also has distribution accords with Bacardi, which owns Dewar's Scotch whisky, and Drambuie Liqueur.’
    • ‘The peace accords divided the province into three separate ethnic areas with a federation presidency.’
    • ‘The military has been staying out of politics since the peace accords were signed.’
    • ‘Bulgaria has signed such accords with Croatia, Romania and Macedonia while talks with Albania were concluded last December.’
    • ‘The government committed to large expenditures in social welfare programs with the signing of the peace accords to end the civil war.’
    • ‘Today, with peace accords signed, open elections have decided the current government.’
    • ‘There has been a series of attempted peace accords, always ruptured before an election could be properly organized.’
    • ‘That is why peace talks and accords have failed and might likely continue to fail.’
    • ‘France is particularly resistant to change because it wants to maintain its traditional trade and aid accords with former colonies such as Morocco and Algeria.’
    • ‘They weren't designed to tie the hands of those who signed the accords, while letting those who haven't do whatever they please.’
    pact, treaty, agreement, settlement, deal, entente, concordat, concord, protocol, compact, contract, convention
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    1. 1.1mass noun Agreement or harmony.
      ‘the government and the rebels are in accord on one point’
      • ‘Some of these meetings have resulted in accord and renewed resolve to work together.’
      • ‘The evolutionary psychologists and I are in accord in opposing conventional feminist assumptions.’
      • ‘Yet the campaign by the IH to beautify the Irish home by emphasizing the domestic role of women was not met with universal accord by the female readers of the paper.’
      • ‘Booklet photos show the couple in playful mood, and there is this wonderful sense of conviviality in their playing that denotes two musical minds in one accord.’
      • ‘One explanation for this lack of accord is the fact that a consensus about the subject of the right side of this wall was reached only recently.’
      • ‘But social accord will not exist if, as a result of reform, people's spending increases by more than half while their wages go up only a quarter.’
      • ‘Next time a summit comes to Britain, he may find he and the protesters are not so sweetly in accord.’
      • ‘Our experts are in accord: nothing builds legs like squats because they're a compound movement that stimulates all major muscles of the legs.’
      • ‘Cheng said the government and the public were in accord on preservation of heritage sites.’
      • ‘And yet, it is quite significant that the representatives of differing groups and interests have reached accord by mutual compromise.’
      • ‘For once in accord, Taylor and I rolled our eyes at each other.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the initial aims of the association mainly concerned matters of mutual accord in the areas of trade and economy, shunning politics and the military.’
      • ‘The two men were in accord as to how the world ‘should’ work.’
      • ‘Many political affiliations are passed down through the chain, with entire villages voting in accord during an election.’
      • ‘MPs across Greater Manchester are in accord in their hopes for 2002.’
      • ‘It would be fair to say that, while we conversed amicably for what was a very long session, our views on international politics were not in accord.’
      • ‘The other European countries were not in accord.’
      • ‘Indeed, they were not just in accord: they were symbiotic.’
      • ‘Given space constraints, I focus my response on the most salient areas of disagreement rather than the many issues on which we are in accord.’
      • ‘The committee worked in accord on the bill and saw it as a very high priority.’
      agreement, consensus, unanimity, harmony, unison, unity, concord, concert, like-mindedness, rapport, conformity, congruence, settlement
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  • in accord with

    • According to.

      ‘things didn't happen quite in accord with expectations’
      • ‘The format was prepared in accord with recommendations set forth by Dillman.’
      • ‘Care and handling of the animals was in accord with National Institutes of Health guidelines.’
      • ‘I have since recanted my statement, in accord with the truth, and have apologized for my misinformation.’
      • ‘For her to address this issue is not only completely in accord with constitutional propriety - it is precisely what she is for.’
      • ‘All persons deserve respect in accord with their human dignity.’
      • ‘The jury's decision suggested that the politician had not acted fully in accord with the demands of honor.’
      • ‘Liberals now lambast him daily for failing to act through multilateral institutions and in accord with international law.’
      • ‘Maclean retained his early idealism and lived a life fully in accord with his Communist principles, eschewing all privileges.’
      • ‘In comparison, she would have us view her chastity at university as sunnily in accord with the morality of the day.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the software giant says it believes it pays employees in accord with all prevailing laws.’
      • ‘We all know that as hard as we try to be good, follow God's commands, and act in accord with his will, we fall short and sin.’
      • ‘That relationship was conditional, only for certain things, in accord with the laws of each country, and with the customs of those so engaged.’
      • ‘She is indulging her passion for running other people's lives in accord with her own personal prejudices.’
      • ‘And then a committee could try to revamp the rules in accord with the wish of the majority.’
      • ‘To be truly fashionable, the union argued, clothing had to be produced in accord with standards of decency.’
      • ‘Plans can be rejected if found to be not in accord with this process and regional heads face sanctions depending on the severity of the mistake.’
      • ‘For Wolf, free will concerns an agent's ability to act in accord with the True and the Good.’
      • ‘Which brings us again to the bishops, who more than anyone should try to govern in accord with divine justice and mercy.’
      • ‘Even very stupid bots can appear intelligent if they are acting in accord with our preconceptions.’
      • ‘The importance of experience and the ability to check that key staff members are acting in accord with procedure has been pointed up.’
      consistent with, in harmony with, in accord with, in accordance with, in agreement with, in line with, in character with, true to, compatible with, congruent with, commensurate with
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  • of one's own accord

    • Voluntarily or without outside intervention.

      ‘he would not seek treatment of his own accord’
      ‘the rash may go away of its own accord’
      • ‘Some left of their own accord which led to a lowering of staff numbers.’
      • ‘Four of the prisoners came down of their own accord on Tuesday night, followed shortly afterwards by two men brought down in a crane by negotiators.’
      • ‘He said that the Travellers left of their own accord, and that the council had no part in this process.’
      • ‘Again, gardaí made no attempt to move the crowd on, seemingly waiting for them to disperse of their own accord.’
      • ‘The district service manager for West Yorkshire Courts Service says that as a result of the operation one or two people have come forward of their own accord to pay what they owe.’
      • ‘She's mainly funded by the Scottish Executive and the regulations make it almost impossible for her to take in anyone who comes to the project of their own accord.’
      • ‘Whatever the final outcome, it is clear that people who want a comfortable retirement are going to have to put away money of their own accord.’
      • ‘Despite initial defiance, the travellers appear to have left of their own accord.’
      • ‘It's always unsettling when audience members leave of their own accord but there's something really unpleasant about people being told to leave.’
      • ‘The more people that quit of their own accord, and the fewer that start - the shorter it is until smoking becomes socially unacceptable to the majority.’
      • ‘The courts will be advised when a defendant has surrendered of their own accord and this may be taken into consideration when sentencing.’
      • ‘About 100 people who had set up home at the former Airtours site in Helmshore have left the area of their own accord.’
      • ‘But there was little need for my exhortation, for he came out of his own accord, not only willingly but with eagerness, and straight at me.’
      • ‘They made these changes of their own accord, picking up on the cultural and professional health messages of the time.’
      • ‘This was not a charge brought against him by some hostile critic; it was an admission he made freely of his own accord.’
      • ‘You say that you left of your own accord but was there a push from within as well?’
      • ‘But the demonstration ended peacefully, with protesters dispersing of their own accord.’
      • ‘These reveal that many users spontaneously give up the drug of their own accord, without benefit of detox, rehab or any other professional intervention.’
      • ‘We live in a city with thousands of bars and restaurants, many hundreds of which became entirely non-smoking of their own accord.’
      • ‘After all, if someone has bared their soul to you, albeit of their own accord, shouldn't you give a little bit of yourself in return?’
      voluntarily, of one's own free will, of one's own volition, of one's own choice, of one's own choosing, by choice, by preference
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  • with one accord

    • In a united way.

      ‘the association is acting with one accord in this matter’
      • ‘‘Let's all play an A, a C sharp, and an E,’ cried Tom's band with one accord.’
      • ‘He will perfect the entire world so that its inhabitants will serve God together, as it is written, ‘For then I will make the peoples pure of speech, so that they all invoke the Lord by name and serve Him with one accord.’’
      • ‘the girls shouted with one accord and flung themselves upon him, so that he had major difficulties with remaining standing.’
      • ‘As has been the case in similar exercises in the past, the Makeni community has again risen to this latest mammoth task with one accord, in the spirit of supplementing Government efforts.’
      • ‘There were other people already seated at the long trestle table, watching them with interest, and with one accord they made for seats away from the fire, somewhat in the shadows but no so far that it would raise suspicion.’
      • ‘And the multitudes with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing.’
      • ‘These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.’
      • ‘The odd thing about the nature of the award is that it gathers together the judges who should be the most insightful footballing men on the planet and with one accord they go for the obvious: the eye-catching, the brilliant, the magical.’
      • ‘Macneile Dixon claimed: The English people instinctively, and with one accord, took it to their hearts.’
      • ‘Many relatives travelled home from as far away as the UK, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Florida, to attend the ceremony and readings were conducted in a variety of accents but with one accord.’
      • ‘And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.’
      unanimously, in complete agreement, with one mind, unitedly, concertedly, without exception, as one, of one voice, to a man
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Old English, from Old French acorder ‘reconcile, be of one mind’, from Latin ad- ‘to’ + cor, cord- ‘heart’; influenced by concord.