• WordNet 3.6
    • v acquiesce to agree or express agreement "The Maestro assented to the request for an encore"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acquiesce 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.
    • Acquiesce 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acquiesce To come to rest, or remain at rest.
    • acquiesce To agree; consent; tacitly assent; quietly comply or submit: as, to acquiesce in an opinion, argument, or arrangement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Acquiesce ak-kwi-es′ to rest satisfied or without making opposition: to assent (with in)
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  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”
  • Richard Cecil
    Richard Cecil
    “The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced His will in all things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. acquiescere,; ad, + quiescere, to be quiet, fr. quies, rest: cf. F. acquiescer,. See Quiet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. acquiescĕread, and quies, rest.


In literature:

She burned with shame as she thought of her tacit acquiescence in this arrangement.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
On account of this political interest the small intelligent class acquiesce in the autocracy.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
If his conscience would not permit his acquiescence, he was expected to resign.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The Duke acquiesced, and accepted the invitation.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
We ought to acquiesce in the decision of the majority.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
But when the tide moved irresistibly toward manhood suffrage, he acquiesced.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Madeleine bowed her head in acquiescence.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
These he bribed into acquiescence of all his mad pranks.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
It is too dreadful for ready acquiescence.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
In the autumn of 1768 the king and the Bedford party urged his dismissal, and Grafton acquiesced.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt

In poetry:

The Bishop bowed his head,
And, acquiescing, said,
"I've heard your well-meant rage
Against the Modern Stage.
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The pompous penguins made us smile
just as they did, ah ! years ago.
We watched them strut in single file,
their shirts as white as driven snow.
"It's jolly being here," I said.
He jerked an acquiescent head.
"AT THE ZOO" by Wilhelmina Stitch
So, still within this life,
Though lifted o'er its strife,
Let me discern, compare, pronounce at last,
This rage was right i' the main,
That acquiescence vain:
The Future I may face now I have proved the Past."
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
She "softly added"; "she alleged";
He "consciously invited";
She "then corrected"; William "hedged";
She "prettily recited";
She "nodded," "stormed," and "acquiesced";
He "promised," "hastened," and "confessed."
"Monotonous Variety" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And now the altercation ceas'd;
O'er-power'd, his worship acquiesc'd.
Thus servants, with a growing pride,
Seem to submit, but really guide.
Justice is, as some men have Kings,
Held, by his clerk, in leading strings.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
THE husband who so fully gave consent,
Was led his partner's suff'rings to lament
The spirit of a queen in truth she showed,
When cuckoldom was on her spouse bestowed;
In decoration, forced to acquiesce,
She would not condescend to join caress.
"The Mandrake" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Should Catholics Acquiesce in Today's Homosexual "Rights" Agenda.
Croats Widen Threat to Rebel Serbs, and Diplomats Seem to Acquiesce .
Beating 'Compliance Acquiescence Disorder' in school.
Vienna Plan Redux Requires Investor Acquiescence : Euro Credit.
Should Goodell acquiesce to their request.
The supreme Hamas leader's first-ever visit to the Gaza Strip this weekend signals growing regional acceptance of the Islamic militant movement in charge of the once isolated territory and grudging acquiescence by Israel.
That kind of movement would require a different type of acquiescence, namely on the part of program directors, not advertisers .
Bill Haslam's office has acquiesced to calls from the Tennessee Democratic Party for the release of a text message conversation between the governor and Congressman Scott DesJarlais.
Meanwhile, as an aggressive new majority of Republicans in the House takes steps to undo years of progress on conservation , Obama's response has been silent acquiescence.
Some in Israel see acquiescence in Iron Dome missile defense system .
Some in Israel see acquiescence in Iron Dome missile defense system.
Back in June, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton caught some flack for acquiescing to Israel's exclusion from a global counter-terrorism forum.
Our husband-and-wife team advises a woman wondering how acquiescing to her partner's request—or not—will affect her relationship.
After weeks of pressure from other EU members, German Chancellor Merkel relented on her austerity-only prescription and acquiesced to a stimulus package for the eurozone crisis.
Now he is asking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for help in his release by acquiescing to al-Qaeda's demands.

In science:

However, G.A.T. and Abhijit S. have conspired to offer as an 80th year birthday gift to me the first-author-place for which I have acquiesced to emphasize the 43 years of a most enjoyable collaboration with G.A.T. and the almost 20 years with Abhijit on this problem.
The Hubble Constant: A Summary of the HST Program for the Luminosity Calibration of Type Ia Supernovae by Means of Cepheids
E → M at x ∈ E is cal led a Dn+1 -tangential over the bund le π : E → M at x if it acquiesces in the fol lowing two conditions: 1. bπn+1,n (∇x ) is a Dn -tangential over the bund le π : E → M at x. 2.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-1
E → M at x ∈ E is cal led a Dn+1 -tangential over the bund le π : E → M at x if it acquiesces in the fol lowing two conditions: 1. bπn+1,n (∇x ) is a Dn -tangential over the bund le π : E → M at x. 2.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-2
In fact, it is rather surprising how easily observers have acquiesced in the past to the treatment of their data by mean field theories (‘sorry but your observations are just turbulence, they have to be averaged out’).
Theories of the solar cycle : a critical view