v. ac·cord·ed, ac·cord·ing, ac·cords
1. To give or grant, especially as being due or appropriate: accorded the president the proper deference.
2. Archaic To cause to conform or agree; bring into harmony.
To be in agreement, unity, or harmony. See Synonyms at correspond.
1. Agreement; harmony: act in accord with university policies.
2. A settlement or compromise between conflicting parties: The strikers and the owners reached an accord.
3. Spontaneous or voluntary desire to take a certain action: The children returned on their own accord. He confessed of his own accord.
[Middle English accorden, from Old French acorder, from Medieval Latin accordāre, to bring into agreement : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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