consent

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Recorded in Middle English since circa 1225, from Old French consentir, from Latin cōnsentīre, present active infinitive of cōnsentiō (to feel together), itself from com- (with) + sentiō (to feel)

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consent (third-person singular simple present consents, present participle consenting, simple past and past participle consented)

  1. (intransitive) To express willingness, to give permission.
    I've consented to have the procedure performed.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      My poverty, but not my will, consents.
  2. (transitive, medicine) To cause to sign a consent form.
    • 2002, T Usmani; KD O'Brien, HV Worthington, S Derwent, D …, “A randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of canine lacebacks with reference to …”, Journal of Orthodontics: 
      When the patient was consented to enter the study and registered, a telephone call was made to research assistant
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To grant; to allow; to assent to.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milton
      Interpreters [] will not consent it to be a true story.
  4. To agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to accord; to concur.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Acts viii. 1
      And Saul was consenting unto his death.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Fuller
      Flourishing many years before Wyclif, and much consenting with him in jugdment.

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consent (plural consents)

  1. Voluntary agreement or permission.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.6:
      All men know by experience, there be some parts of our bodies which often without any consent of ours doe stirre, stand, and lye down againe.

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consent

  1. third-person singular present indicative of consentir