verb (used without object)

  1. to be in agreement or harmony; agree.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make agree or correspond; adapt.
  2. to grant; bestow: to accord due praise.
  3. Archaic. to settle; reconcile.


  1. proper relationship or proportion; harmony.
  2. a harmonious union of sounds, colors, etc.
  3. consent or concurrence of opinions or wills; agreement.
  4. an international agreement; settlement of questions outstanding among nations.

  1. of one’s own accord, without being asked or told; voluntarily: We did the extra work of our own accord.


  1. agreement; conformity; accordance (esp in the phrase in accord with)
  2. consent or concurrence of opinion
  3. with one accord unanimously
  4. pleasing relationship between sounds, colours, etc; harmony
  5. a settlement of differences, as between nations; compromise
  6. of one’s own accord voluntarily


  1. to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement
  2. (tr) to grant; bestow

early 12c., from Old French acorder (12c.) “reconcile, agree, be in harmony,” from Vulgar Latin *accordare “make agree,” literally “be of one heart, bring heart to heart,” from Latin ad- “to” + cor (genitive cordis) “heart” (see heart). Related: Accorded; according.


late 13c., accourd, from Old French acord “agreement,” a back-formation from acorder (see accord (v.)).

see of one’s own accord.

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