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acquiesce v : to agree or express agreement; "The Maestro assented to the request for an encore" [syn: assent, accede] [ant: dissent]

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Latin acquiescere; ad + quiescere ("to be quiet"), from quies ("rest"). Compare French acquiescer.


  • /ˌækwiˈɛs/


  1. To rest satisfied, or apparently satisfied, or to rest without opposition and discontent (usually implying previous opposition or discontent); to accept or consent by silence or by omitting to object; — followed by in, formerly also by with and to.
    They were compelled to acquiesce in a government which they did not regard as just. - Thomas De Quincey.
  2. To concur upon conviction; as, to acquiesce in an opinion; to assent to; usually, to concur, not heartily but so far as to forbear opposition.
    I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over them. - Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band


  • 1794 — Charlotte Smith, The Banished Man, vol II, ch 16
    I entirely acquiesce in all the observations you make in your letter; they are worthy of your heart and understanding;
  • 1799 — Thomas Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolution of 1799
    The representatives of the good people of this commonwealth in general assembly convened, having maturely considered the answers of sundry states in the Union, to their resolutions passed at the last session, respecting certain unconstitutional laws of Congress, commonly called the alien and sedition laws, would be faithless indeed to themselves, and to those they represent, were they silently to acquiesce in principles and doctrines attempted to be maintained in all those answers, that of Virginia only excepted.
  • 1815 — Jane Austen, Emma, vol III, ch 19
    She could not bear to see him suffering, to know him fancying himself neglected; and though her understanding almost acquiesced in the assurance of both the Mr. Knightleys, that when once the event were over, his distress would be soon over too, she hesitated--she could not proceed.
  • 1847 — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, ch XXV
    Cathy was a powerful ally at home; and between them they at length persuaded my master to acquiesce in their having a ride or a walk together about once a week, under my guardianship, and on the moors nearest the Grange: for June found him still declining.
  • 1861 — Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address (4 March)
    If a minority, in such case, will secede rather than acquiesce, they make a precedent which, in turn, will divide and ruin them; for a minority of their own will secede from them whenever a majority refuses to be controlled by such minority.
  • 1899 — Kate Chopin, The Awakening, ch XXVII
    “Well, that ought to be reason enough,” he acquiesced.
  • 1924 — Herman Melville, Billy Budd, ch 19
    The spare form flexibly acquiesced, but inertly. It was like handling a dead snake.


rest satisfied
concur upon conviction


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Extensive Definition

"Acquiesce" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher. The song originally appeared as a B-side to Oasis' first UK #1 single, "Some Might Say", in April 1995. Its popularity led to it being included on the B-sides compilation album The Masterplan, released in 1998, after being voted for inclusion by fans of the band on their official website.
In 1998, the song was issued as a radio single in the United States to promote the release of The Masterplan. It reached #36 in the US Modern Rock Chart, based on radio airplay. A promotional video for the song was also produced, with images of a live performance at the G-Mex Centre in Manchester, on December 14, 1997. The vocals on this footage were overdubbed from another performance.
"Acquiesce" was also released as one of the lead tracks to the Stop the Clocks EP, in promotion of their forthcoming compilation album, Stop the Clocks. A new promotional video was filmed at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London, on September 12, 2006, but did not feature the band. Instead, a Japanese look-alike/tribute band played the roles of Oasis. More footage is also understood to have been filmed in Japan.
The verses to "Acquiesce" are sung by Liam Gallagher, with the chorus sung by Noel (because, he claims, Liam could not reach the high notes), making it the first song to ever feature both Gallagher brothers on lead vocals. The only other Oasis song to feature both brothers on lead vocals is "Let There Be Love", from their sixth album Don't Believe the Truth, released in May 2005—over ten years after the original release of "Acquiesce".


Noel Gallagher claims to have written the lyrics to "Acquiesce" on the way to the studio for the recording sessions of Definitely Maybe. The train was delayed, and during this interruption, he wrote parts of the song. According to The Masterplans sleeve notes (written by music writer and critic Paul Du Noyer), "The song is about friendship in the widest sense and not, as often speculated, about the Gallagher brothers themselves."
"Acquiesce" has become a fans' favourite and is regularly played live. Many Oasis fans feel this song should have been held back to go on the (What's the Story) Morning Glory? album, with others also feeling the song was strong enough to have been released as a single. This was an opinion that Alan McGee had when he first heard the song; he tried to convince Noel to release "Acquiesce" as a single instead of "Some Might Say". Noel rejected this idea because he was adamant that the work on the single was completed, and was unwilling to have to write another B-side and record it. However, Noel has since said that this and a couple of other songs such as "The Masterplan" were strong enough to have been album tracks and singles.


  • In 2002, the song came runner-up in a poll to find the fifty most popular Oasis songs for a special edition of Q magazine.
  • Liam Gallagher has never sung the second verse of the song during live performances; instead, he sings the first and third verses twice. While Noel claims that he "refuses" to sing it, Liam states that he's never heard of any second verse.
  • When Noel returned to the Standing on the Shoulder of Giants tour in Dublin, having walked out of the European leg following a row with Liam, the two were united for the first time in six weeks on stage, with their mother in the audience. Noel claims Liam walked up to him after playing "Acquiesce" and shook his hand, leaving Noel unable to turn him down, and embarrassed by the "cheesiness" of the affair.
  • "Acquiesce" appears in an episode of the American TV series Jericho (TV Series)
  • "Acquiesce" was one of two songs performed by Oasis on their performance on Saturday Night Live on October 18 1997, "Don't Go Away" being the other song performed by the band.
  • "Acquiesce" features clips of an acoustic version of another Oasis song, Morning Glory. This is heard at the beginning and at the end of the song. Also, over the distortion and guitars of the intro, a conversation between Liam and an anonymous voice (which is believed to be of co-producer Owen Morris) can be heard, played in reverse. Played correctly, the conversation goes:
Owen: Where's Noel? Liam: Gone for a walk Unknown voice: Sacked him Owen: ' Liam: I've sacked him''


acquiesce in Italian: Acquiesce

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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