Definition of acquiesce in English:



  • Accept something reluctantly but without protest.

    ‘Sara acquiesced in his decision’
    • ‘And so we yielded, acquiesced to that, and we hope that it's going to be done as soon as possible.’
    • ‘If we do not make a stand, we will acquiesce to our positioning as mere spectators in the construction of our society.’
    • ‘This gives the impression that they're active on the world stage, even as they're quietly acquiescing in their own decline.’
    • ‘Then folding the map away, he instructed her to start driving again and Andrea reluctantly acquiesced.’
    • ‘No matter what side you're on, there are enough voters who either agree with you or acquiesce to you to win the election.’
    • ‘Curious but respectful, Cathena acquiesces to the request.’
    • ‘The only factor preventing major incursions into treasured civil liberties is the resistance of the population at large - and, for the moment at least, the public appear to be acquiescing in the government's plans.’
    • ‘Reluctant at first, he eventually acquiesced and has since taken the club from a lowly 20th to one of the four play-off spots.’
    • ‘The government we chose hoping for alternative policies is instead acquiescing to worldwide agreements which deregulate and privatise on an international scale, ruling out new economic directions for all of us.’
    • ‘And I don't know how to solve my problem without acquiescing to values that I do not hold.’
    • ‘However, to understand is not to acquiesce in or accept these developments.’
    • ‘Are they silently acquiescing to the policies of a government that is as mean as Scrooge?’
    • ‘Whatever Don's initial reluctance, he acquiesces to Winston's prodding because he is, actually, looking for something, even if he doesn't know what that something is.’
    • ‘Most ideologues, however, have grown accustomed in recent years to acquiescing in the decisions of the country's collective leadership.’
    • ‘War is necessary, as a last resort, for resolving disputes between states that cannot agree and will not acquiesce.’
    • ‘Marcus acquiesces, and agrees to leave with MacCaskill.’
    • ‘And who are the cheerful white-clad staff, calling us by our first names and acquiescing to our every whim, if not surrogate parents?’
    • ‘The police reluctantly acquiesced to the proposals given no alternatives were offered.’
    • ‘But recently they seem to be acquiescing to American demands.’
    • ‘To argue otherwise now is to acquiesce in a rhetoric which those of us who accept universal human rights have no choice but to reject as racist.’
    permit, consent to, agree to, allow, assent to, give one's consent to, accept, concur with, give one's assent to, give one's blessing to, say yes to, give the nod to, give one's approval to
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Early 17th century: from Latin acquiescere, from ad- to, at + quiescere to rest.