Meaning of ACCORD in English


I. əˈkȯ(ə)rd, -ȯ(ə)d also aˈ- verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English accorden, acorden, from Old French acorder, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin accordare, from Latin ad- + cord-, cor heart — more at heart

transitive verb

1. : to bring into agreement : reconcile , harmonize

the scientists' conclusions seem contradictory but can be accorded by calm reasoning


a. : to grant as suitable or proper : render as due

parents have rights which are not accorded to strangers or neighbors — A.I.Melden

formerly, historians accorded to “justice” less than its due place — J.G.Edwards

b. : allow , concede

the law accords them favored status

he decided to accord himself the delight of breaking the news — P.B.Kyne

c. : award

the President accorded him an honorary title

d. : allot

in spite of the injustices accorded him

intransitive verb

1. archaic : to arrive at an agreement : come to terms

proceed as we accorded before dinner — Sir Walter Scott

— often used with with

the Queen accorded with this view of the matter — Thomas Carlyle

2. obsolete : to give consent — used with to

you to his love must accord — Shakespeare

3. : to be in harmony : be consistent — usually used with with

find whether or not the treatment which they have received accords with freedom of speech — Zechariah Chafee b.1885

Synonyms: see agree , grant

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English accord, acord, from Old French acort, acorde, from acorder


a. : agreement (as in opinion, will, or action)

engineers have reached a certain accord in regard to ethical principles — H.A.Wagner

: conformity

scholars studying human languages in accord with accepted scientific principles — H.R.Warfel

b. : a formal act of agreement : reconciliation , understanding , treaty

the Munich accord

c. : an agreement between parties in controversy by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated and which when executed bars a lawsuit

2. : balanced interrelationship (as of ideas, dimensions, colors, or musical tones) : proportion , harmony

a persuasive accord in his arguments

the gentle accord of rolling plains

the accord of voices

3. obsolete : assent

this gentle and unforc'd accord of Hamlet sits smiling to my heart — Shakespeare

4. : voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act : completely free or unprompted will to act

they gave generously of their own accord

- with one accord

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