verb (used without object), ac·qui·esced, ac·qui·esc·ing.

  1. to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.


  1. (intr; often foll by in or to) to comply (with); assent (to) without protest

1610s, from Middle French acquiescer (16c.), from Latin acquiescere “to become quiet, remain at rest,” thus “be satisfied with,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + quiescere “to become quiet,” from quies (genitive quietis) “rest, quiet” (see quiet (n.)). Related: Acquiesced; acquiescing.

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