accord

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English accorden, acorden, borrowed from Old French acorder (compare modern French accord and accorder), from Vulgar Latin *accordō, accordāre (to be heart to heart with), formed from Latin ad + cor (heart), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr ~ *ḱr̥d-, and thus distantly related to English heart (via Proto-Germanic *hertô).

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accord (countable and uncountable, plural accords)

  1. Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action.
  2. A harmony in sound, pitch and tone; concord.
    • 17th century, Sir John Davies, The Self-Subsistence of the Soul:
      Those sweet accords are even the angels' lays.
  3. Agreement or harmony of things in general.
    the accord of light and shade in painting
  4. (law) An agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, prevents a lawsuit.
  5. (international law) An international agreement.
    The Geneva Accord of 1954 ended the French-Indochinese War.
  6. (obsolete) Assent
  7. Voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act.
    Nobody told me to do it. I did it of my own accord.

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accord (third-person singular simple present accords, present participle according, simple past and past participle accorded)

  1. (transitive) To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust.
  2. (transitive) To bring (people) to an agreement; to reconcile, settle, adjust or harmonize.
  3. (intransitive) To agree or correspond; to be in harmony; to be concordant.
  4. (intransitive) To agree in pitch and tone.
  5. (transitive, law) To grant as suitable or proper; to concede or award.
    • 1817 December, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Revolt of Islam. []”, in [Mary] Shelley, editor, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. [], volume I, London: Edward Moxon [], published 1839, OCLC 1000449192, page 217:
      And, when the blinding tears had fallen, I saw
      That column, and those corpses, and the moon,
      And felt the poisonous tooth of hunger gnaw
      My vitals, I rejoiced, as if the boon
      Of senseless death would be accorded soon;— []
    • 1951, United Nations, Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, article 14:
      In respect of the protection of industrial property, [] a refugee shall be accorded in the country in which he has his habitual residence the same protection as is accorded to nationals of that country.
    • 2010 December 16, European Court of Human Rights, A, B and C v. Ireland[1], number 25579/05, marginal 235:
      In the present case, and contrary to the Government’s submission, the Court considers that there is indeed a consensus amongst a substantial majority of the Contracting States of the Council of Europe towards allowing abortion on broader grounds than accorded under Irish law.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To give consent.
  7. (intransitive, archaic) To arrive at an agreement.

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Etymology[edit]

Deverbal of accorder. Compare with Catalan acord.

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accord m (plural accords)

  1. chord
  2. agreement
  3. permission, consent

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Descendants[edit]

  • Danish: akkord
  • German: Akkord
  • Norwegian Bokmål: akkord
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: akkord
  • Swedish: ackord
  • Turkish: akort

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accord m (plural accords)

  1. (Jersey) agreement