assent

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From Middle English assent (noun) and assenten (verb), from Old French assent (noun) and assentir (verb).

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  • IPA(key): /əˈsɛnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt
  • Homophone: ascent

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assent (third-person singular simple present assents, present participle assenting, simple past and past participle assented)

  1. (intransitive) To agree to a proposal.

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assent (countable and uncountable, plural assents)

  1. agreement; act of agreeing
    I will give this act my assent.
    • 1960 January, “Talking of Trains: N.& W.-Virginian merger”, in Trains Illustrated, page 9:
      A number of other mergers of U.S. railroads are mooted, but the I.C.C. [Interstate Commerce Commission] has made it clear that its assent to the N.& W.-Virginian proposal, which was unopposed by competitors or stockholders, should not be taken as an indication that others will swiftly pass its scrutiny.
    • 2014, Ian McEwan, The Children Act, Penguin Random House (2018), page 128:
      He lowered his head in assent.

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assent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of assō