I. verb 1. [with obj.] — give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition) • the powers accorded to the head of state
• [with two objs]
the national assembly accorded the General more power.
2. [no obj.] ( accord with) — (of a concept or fact) be harmonious or consistent with. • his views accorded well with those of Merivale.
II. noun 1. an official agreement or treaty. • opposition groups refused to sign the accord.
• a peace accord.
2. [ mass noun] — agreement or harmony • the government and the rebels are in accord on one point.
III. phrases 1. in accord with according to. • things didn’t happen quite in accord with expectations.
2. of one’s own accord voluntarily or without outside intervention • he would not seek treatment of his own accord
• the rash may go away of its own accord.
3. with one accord in a united way. • the association is acting with one accord in this matter.
– origin Old English, from Old French acorder ‘reconcile, be of one mind’, from Latin ad- ‘to’ + cor, cord- ‘heart’; influenced by concord.