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to be in agreement or harmony; agree.
to make agree or correspond; adapt.
to grant; bestow:
to accord due praise.
Archaic. to settle; reconcile.
proper relationship or proportion; harmony.
a harmonious union of sounds, colors, etc.
consent or concurrence of opinions or wills; agreement.
an international agreement; settlement of questions outstanding among nations.
of one’s own accord, without being asked or told; voluntarily:
We did the extra work of our own accord.
Contemporary Examples

U.S. Honda sales rose 30.9 percent from September 2011, to 117,211 units, led by gains in the accord and the Civic.
U.S. Car Sales Continue Their Rise in September Daniel Gross October 1, 2012

More important is the fact that both countries are powerful, and can upset any accord to which they are not a party.
Treat Israel Like Iran Stephen Kinzer June 1, 2010

But at least they were acting in accord with their long-stated principles and goal of ending that war.
The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama Michael Tomasky March 25, 2014

Unfortunately the above seems to be in accord with Ohio law as it currently stands.
My Reverse-Cyrano Moment Wooing the Supreme Court P. J. O’Rourke March 29, 2014

Diplomats drawn from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union hammered out the accord on April 17.
Reality Check in Ukraine Jamie Dettmer April 26, 2014

Historical Examples

He was probably a Greek, but he did not accord with anything of his time.
Buchanan’s Journal of Man, July 1887 Various

Here she is, coming of her own accord; she must have guessed your thoughts.
The Imaginary Invalid Molire

And his arm went of its own accord about the waist of the Little Marie.
Lochinvar S. R. Crockett

The earth did not produce it by any help of mine, nor of its own accord.
Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne

If George was in it, he will have to own up to it, but I am sorry that he did not do so of his own accord.
A Boy Knight Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott

agreement; conformity; accordance (esp in the phrase in accord with)
consent or concurrence of opinion
with one accord, unanimously
pleasing relationship between sounds, colours, etc; harmony
a settlement of differences, as between nations; compromise
of one’s own accord, voluntarily
to be or cause to be in harmony or agreement
(transitive) 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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