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

And so, after several days of rather conflicted contemplation, I acquiesced.
The Penis Debate Cole Gamble January 27, 2009

Eventually Corder said he acquiesced, and the operator connected him.
Two Companies Accused of Fleecing U.S. Troops R.M. Schneiderman March 5, 2012

So I never truly made up my mind about what I would do; I suspect though I would have acquiesced and quietly seen the patient.
Doctors Still Have to Treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Kent Sepkowitz April 20, 2013

Other countries, especially the United States, have both rejected the fiction and acquiesced to it.
Draw the Line: How Israel Erases Itself Gershom Gorenberg March 25, 2012

Paul quietly asked that it be changed, and the GOP-controlled state senate acquiesced this past session.
How the Constitution May Screw Rand Paul for 2016 Michael Tomasky July 17, 2014

Historical Examples

I suppose so,” John acquiesced, “since you will not allow the occasions when I am not cold to be counted.
An American Politician F. Marion Crawford

George was pleased with the change, and acquiesced in all the plans which were made.
Life in London Edwin Hodder

The newspapers were advised of the intended change of policy, to which not a few of them acquiesced.
The Black Phalanx Joseph T. Wilson

Henry acquiesced in his father’s wishes, but he did so reluctantly.
Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine

In this action Velasquez acquiesced; probably because he durst not do otherwise.
The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson

(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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