verb (used without object), ac·ced·ed, ac·ced·ing.

  1. to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
  2. to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually followed by to): to accede to the throne.
  3. International Law. to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.

verb (intr usually foll by to)

  1. to assent or give one’s consent; agree
  2. to enter upon or attain (to an office, right, etc)the prince acceded to the throne
  3. international law to become a party (to an agreement between nations, etc), as by signing a treaty

early 15c., from Latin accedere “approach, enter upon,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + cedere “go, move” (see cede). Latin ad- usually became ac- before “k” sounds. Related: Acceded; acceding.

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