To acquiesce is to agree to something or to give in. If your kid sister is refusing to hand over the television remote, you hope she acquiesces before your favorite show comes on.

The verb acquiesce comes from the Latin word acquiescere, meaning “to rest.” If you “rest” or become passive in the face of something to which you object, you are giving tacit agreement. In other words, you acquiesce. If you want to go hiking with your family and your children are not interested, it will be a very tough day on the trail until they acquiesce.

Definitions of acquiesce
  1. verb

    agree or express agreement

    accede, assent
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    withhold assent


    encourage or assent to illegally or criminally
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    consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something

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