to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to):
to assent to a statement.
to give in; yield; concede:
Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
acquiescence; compliance.
Contemporary Examples

The crowd of political newcomers, and former Labour and Conservative voters roared their assent.
Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down? Nico Hines April 29, 2014

On top of this, the 2013 national budget was passed the Iraqi parliament without the assent of the Kurds.
The Future Uncertain: An Iraqi on His Country John Kael Weston April 24, 2013

He has even thrown a few million to the teachers’ unions to gain their assent.
Bill Gates: Selling Bad Advice to the Public Schools Diane Ravitch May 22, 2011

The first soldier to charge across this rhetorical veld is followed by hundreds harrumphing their assent.
There Are No ‘Absolute’ Rights Michael Tomasky May 4, 2013

The crowd on the floor responded with a half-hearted murmur of assent.
Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In Mike Giglio August 13, 2013

Historical Examples

And who is able to compel you to assent to that which appears false?
A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion Epictetus

And then, as the other nodded in assent, she spoke with a compelling kindliness.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

Not a word, however, of this could he say, and so he nodded his assent to Misset’s proposal.
Clementina A.E.W. Mason

The foreman only glanced at him in silence, and the young man took this for assent.
The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington

Having given her assent, she took the money and the receipt, and went out.
The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6 E. Rameur

agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
hesitant agreement; compliance
(intransitive) usually foll by to. to agree or express agreement

c.1300, from Old French assentir “agree; get used to” (12c.), from Latin assentare “to agree with,” frequentative of assentire, from ad- “to” (see ad-) + sentire “to feel, think” (see sense (n.)). Related: Assented; assenting.

early 14c., “consent, approval,” from Old French assent, a back-formation from assentir (see assent (v.)).


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