Definition of accord noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈkɔːd//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkɔːrd//
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  • a formal agreement between two organizations, countries, etc. The two sides signed a peace accord last July. See related entries: Peacekeeping
  • Word OriginOld English, from Old French acorder ‘reconcile, be of one mind’, from Latin ad- ‘to’ + cor, cord- ‘heart’; influenced by concord. Wordfinderaccord, ally, bilateral, cross-border, diplomat, embassy, international, rapprochement, relationship, treatyExtra examples A peace accord was reached on 26 March. They signed a trade accord with the Americans. a trade accord between Europe and the United States an accord on environmental protection The US-Canada free trade accord has come under political scrutiny. The countries drew up accords on economic and technical cooperation.Idioms
    in accord (with something/somebody)
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    (formal) in agreement with This action would not be in accord with our policy. Botanists are not in complete accord about how many species exist.
    without being asked, forced or helped He came back of his own accord. The symptoms will clear up of their own accord. (British English, formal) if people do something with one accord, they do it at the same time, because they agree with each other
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