Meaning of “accord” in the English Dictionary

"accord" in British English

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accordnoun [ C or U ]

uk /əˈkɔːd/ us /əˈkɔːrd/

(a formal) agreement:

On 31 May the two leaders signed a peace accord.
Before 1987, the accord between the Labour government and the unions was a simple affair.
The project is completely in accord with government policy.
of your own accord

C2 If you do something of your own accord, you do it without being asked to do it:

She came of her own accord. No one asked her to come.
with one accord formal

If people do something with one accord, they do it together and in complete agreement:

With one accord, the delegates walked out of the conference.

More examples

  • A vague murmur of accord rose from around the table.
  • An international accord banning land mines was signed in Canada last month.
  • The accord ended nearly two decades of civil war in the region.
  • Ministers from 20 countries approved an accord to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.
  • Diplomats worked through the night in an attempt to forge an accord that would resolve the crisis.

accordverb [ T ]

uk /əˈkɔːd/ us /əˈkɔːrd/ formal

(Definition of “accord” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accord" in American English

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accordnoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈkɔrd/

accord noun [ C/U ] (AGREEMENT)

a formal agreement, or the condition of agreeing:

[ C ] Both parties signed an accord last week in Geneva that may finally bring an end to the conflict.

Accord also means agreement:

[ U ] The officer acted in accord with Florida law.

accordverb [ T ]

us /əˈkɔrd/ fml

accord verb [ T ] (GIVE)

to give officially something desirable:

Reporters asked why the United States did not accord full recognition to the new government.

(Definition of “accord” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)