First attested in the early 15th century. From Middle English acceden, from Latin accēdō (“approach, accede”), formed from ad (“to, toward, at”) + cēdō (“move, yield”) (English cede). Compare French accéder. Unrelated to ascend, aside from the common ad prefix.
- (archaic, intransitive) To approach; to arrive, to come forward. [15th–19th c.]
- (intransitive, now rare) To give one's adhesion; to join up with (a group, etc.); to become part of. [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) To agree or assent to a proposal or a view; to give way. [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To come to an office, state or dignity; to attain, assume (a position). [from 18th c.]
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 32:
- Maintenon had been governess to the children in the late 1670s before acceding to the king's favours.
- (intransitive) To become a party to an agreement or a treaty.
(to agree, to come to an office, to become a party to): Use with the word to afterwards (i.e., accede to).
- (to join a group): band together, enroll
- (agree to a proposal or a view): come around, concede; See also Thesaurus:accede
a accede (third-person singular present accede, past participle not used) 3rd conj.