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.
    After reflecting a little bit, I've consented.
    • (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 …”, in 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.
  2. (obsolete) Unity or agreement of opinion, sentiment, or inclination.
    • 1604-11, Bible (King James Version), Luke: XIV:18
      And they all with one consent began to make excuse.

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  • consent at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • consent”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911

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consent

  1. third-person singular present indicative of consentir