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Accede

[ək-SEED]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English, 1400s

1.

(formal) Agree to a demand, request, or treaty.

2.

(formal) Assume an office or position.

Examples of Accede in a sentence

"The authorities decided to accede to the thief’s demands in exchange for the painting."

"The prince acceded to the throne after the king fell ill."

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About Accede

Accede developed in Middle English as a word that meant “come forward” or “to approach” via the Latin word “accedere,” which comes from the combination of the words “ad” (to) + “cedere” (give way, yield).

Did you Know?

While most people are familiar with the way royal titles change when one person accedes to the throne — like when a prince or princess becomes a king or queen — the meanings of other titles can be confusing without explanation. England’s nobility, for example, follows a strict hierarchy — a baron is the lowest royal position, while a duke is second only to a prince. This makes royal succession easier to visualize — while a prince might accede the throne in the case of an absent monarch, for example, a duke has the right to do so as well in the case of an absent prince.

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