Pronunciation: (ak-sēd'), [key]
—v.i., -ced•ed, -ced•ing.
1. to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
2. to attain or assume an office, title, or dignity; succeed (usually fol. by to): to accede to the throne.
3. Internat. Law.to become a party to an agreement, treaty, or the like, by way of accession.
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