[uncountable] assent (to something) (formal) official agreement to or approval of something The director has given her assent to the proposals. He nodded (his) assent. There were murmurs of both assent and dissent from the crowd. The bill passed in Parliament has now received (the) Royal Assent (= been approved by the king/queen). She is by common assent, the best person for the job. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French as(s)enter (verb), as(s)ente (noun), based on Latin assentire, from ad-
‘towards’ + sentire ‘feel, think’.Extra examples Medicine is, by common assent, a good profession. She smiled in assent. The Education Act received the royal assent in 1944. The government gave their assent to the project. The raising of taxes without the assent of Parliament was declared illegal. The suggestion was greeted with a murmur of assent. There was general assent about his achievements. She gave her assent to publication. The finance bill has yet to receive congressional assent. The moment a bill receives the Royal Assent it becomes an Act of Parliament. The patient nodded his assent. They took her silence for assent.