How is the word ‘acquiesce' pronounced?
(K. Vaithinathasamy, Kumbakonam)
The ‘a' sounds like the ‘a' in ‘ant', ‘apple', and ‘sat', and the ‘qui' is pronounced like the ‘qui' in ‘quit', ‘quiz', and ‘quick'. The ‘e' is like the ‘e' in ‘set', ‘pet' and ‘bet', while the final ‘sce' sounds like the ‘s' in ‘sip', ‘sin' and ‘sit'. The word is pronounced ‘a-kwi-ES' with the stress on the final syllable. Acquiesce is mostly used in formal contexts to mean to reluctantly accept or agree to something. The word comes from the Latin ‘acquiescere' meaning ‘to become quiet'. One usually acquiesces ‘in' or ‘to' something.
*When the plan failed, the officers acquiesced in the cover-up.
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