- The definition of acquiesce means to give in or go along with something without protesting, even if you don't really want to.
An example of acquiesce is agreeing to go on vacation to the mountains when you really wanted to go to the sea.
intransitive verbac·qui·esced, ac·qui·esc·ing, ac·qui·esc·es
Origin of acquiesceLatin acquiēscere : ad-, ad- + quiēscere, to rest; see kwei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present acquiesces, present participle acquiescing, simple past and past participle acquiesced)
- (intransitive) 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", sometimes also by "with" and "to".
- (intransitive) 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.
From Middle French acquiescer, from Latin acquiescere; ad + quiescere ("to be quiet"), from quies ("rest").