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

Are five crotchety conservative men likely to decide to acquiesce to this change, or fight it?
The Supreme Court’s Anti-Rainbow Warriors Michael Tomasky March 25, 2013

So many wish to suppress this history, and it’s good to see Coulter refusing to acquiesce.
Three Cheers for Ann Coulter David Frum February 1, 2012

He was force of nature and a force for good that eventually, they had to acquiesce.
We Need MLK’s Revolutionary Spirit Roland S. Martin January 19, 2014

If you let by without dispute a failure of language you acquiesce in an affront against literary integrity.
Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism William Giraldi September 4, 2012

Why should we acquiesce in the preparation of our spirits for the worst kind of servility—slavery to fate?
Dear Frank Luntz: Here’s How to Be Happy Again James Poulos January 7, 2014

Historical Examples

Presumably the authors would have to acquiesce in such bowdlerizing.
Three Hours after Marriage John Gay

If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

If you do not find him, will you not acquiesce that it is best you should not find him?
Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson

This truth is so simple that the very ease with which we acquiesce in it robs it of its power.
The Ministry of Intercession Andrew Murray

So in overt action we acquiesce, and build up an imaginary world in, mind.
Democracy and Education John Dewey

(intransitive; 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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