accentuation (n.) Look up accentuation at
1690s, from Medieval Latin accentuationem (nominative accentuatio) "intoning, chanting," noun of action from past participle stem of accentuare (see accentuate).
accept (v.) Look up accept at
late 14c., "to take what is offered; admit and agree to (a proposal, etc.)," from Old French accepter (14c.) or directly from Latin acceptare "take or receive willingly," frequentative of accipere "receive, get without effort," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + capere "to take," from PIE root *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Related: Accepted; accepting.
acceptability (n.) Look up acceptability at
1660s, from Late Latin acceptabilitas, from Latin acceptabilis "worthy of acceptance," from acceptare "take or receive willingly" (see accept). Acceptableness (1610s) is older.
acceptable (adj.) Look up acceptable at
late 14c., from Old French acceptable "pleasant, agreeable," from Latin acceptabilis "worthy of acceptance," from acceptare "take or receive willingly" (see accept). Related: Acceptably.
acceptance (n.) Look up acceptance at
1570s, from Middle French acceptance, from accepter (see accept). The earlier word was acception (late 14c., accepcioun), from Latin acceptionem; it was common until c. 1700. Acceptation is from early 15c. as "action of taking or receiving what is offered," 1590s as "state of being accepted."
access (v.) Look up access at
1962, originally in computing, from access (n.). Related: Accessed; accessing.
access (n.) Look up access at
early 14c., "an attack of fever," from Old French acces "onslaught, attack; onset (of an illness)" (14c.), from Latin accessus "a coming to, an approach; way of approach, entrance," noun use of past participle of accedere "to approach" (see accede). English sense of "an entrance" (c. 1600) is directly from Latin. Meaning "habit or power of getting into the presence of (someone or something)" is from late 14c.
accessibility (n.) Look up accessibility at
1758, from French accessibilité (from Late Latin accessibilitas), or else a native formation from accessible + -ity.
accessible (adj.) Look up accessible at
c. 1400, "affording access, capable of being approached or reached," from Middle French accessible, from Late Latin accessibilis, verbal adjective from Latin accessus "a coming near, an approach; an entrance," from accedere "approach, go to, come near, enter upon" (see accede). Meaning "easy to reach" is from 1640s; of art or writing, "able to be readily understood," 1961 (a word not needed before writing or art often deliberately was made not so). Related: Accessibility.
accession (n.) Look up accession at
1580s, "that which is added," also "act of acceding" (by assent, to an agreement, etc.), from Latin accessionem (nominative accessio) "a going to, approach; a joining; increase, enlargement," noun of action from past participle stem of accedere "approach, enter upon" (see accede). From 1640s as "act of coming to a position or into possession," especially in reference to a throne. Related: Accessional.
accessorize (v.) Look up accessorize at
"provide with accessories" (in the decorative arts sense), 1939, from accessory + -ize. Related: Accessorized; accessorizing.
accessory (n.) Look up accessory at
also accessary, early 15c., "that which is subordinate to something else," also as a legal term, "one aiding in a felony without committing the offense" (as by advising, inciting, concealing), from Late Latin accessorius, from Latin accessor, agent noun of accedere "to approach" (see accede).
Strictly the noun (a person) should be accessary, the adj. (and noun, a thing) accessory; but the distinction is too fine to be maintained. [Century Dictionary]
Especially in the visual arts, "object introduced to balance composition or enhance artistic effect" (1540s). Attested from 1896 as "woman's smaller articles of dress;" hence accessorize. Related: Accessorial.
accessory (adj.) Look up accessory at
1550s, "subordinate;" c. 1600, "aiding in crime;" 1610s, "aiding in producing some effect," from Late Latin accessorius, from accessor, agent noun from accedere "to approach" (see accede). Meaning "aiding in crime" is from c. 1600.
accidence (n.) Look up accidence at
late 14c., in philosophy, "non-essential or incidental characteristic," also "part of grammar dealing with inflection" (mid-15c.), in some cases a misspelling of accidents, or else directly from Latin accidentia (used as a term in grammar by Quintilian), neuter plural of accidens, present participle of accidere "to happen, fall out; fall upon" (see accident). The grammar sense is because they are qualities which change in accordance with use but are not essential to the primary signification.
accident (n.) Look up accident at
late 14c., "an occurrence, incident, event; what comes by chance," from Old French accident (12c.), from Latin accidentem (nominative accidens) "an occurrence; chance; misfortune," noun use of present participle of accidere "happen, fall out, fall upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cadere "to fall," from PIE root *kad- "to lay out, fall or make fall" (see case (n.1)).

The sense has had a tendency since Latin to extend from "something that happens, an event" to "mishap, undesirable event." Latin si quid cui accidat, "if anything should happen to one," was a euphemism for "to die." In Middle English the word is usually met in theology (in reference to the material qualities in the sacramental bread and wine), medicine ("something out of the ordinary, disease, injury"), or philosophy ("non-essential characteristic of a thing"). From late 15c. as "the operations of chance." Meaning "unplanned child" is attested by 1932. Accident-prone is from 1926.
accidental (n.) Look up accidental at
late 14c., "non-essential quality," from accidental (adj.). The musical sense is from 1868; so called because they alter the note without essentially changing the key of the passage.
accidental (adj.) Look up accidental at
late 14c., "non-essential," from Old French accidentel or directly from Medieval Latin accidentalis, from Latin accidentem "an accident, chance" (see accident). Meaning "outside the normal course of nature" is from early 15c.; that of "coming by chance, unintentional" is from 1570s. Accidential (1811) sometimes serves now in the sense "characterized by non-essential qualities" and goes with accidence.
accidentally (adv.) Look up accidentally at
late 14c., "non-essentially," also "unnaturally," from accidental (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "unintentionally" is recorded from 1580s; phrase accidentally on purpose is recorded by 1862.
accipiter (n.) Look up accipiter at
raptorial bird, 1874, from Latin accipiter, a generic name for birds of prey, especially the common hawk. According to de Vaan, "generally assumed" to be from a Proto-Italic *aku-petri- "having pointed (that is, 'swift') wings" (see acro- + ptero-) and compares Greek okypteros "with swift wings," Sanskrit asu-patvan- "flying swiftly," "all of which are used as epithets to birds of prey." Under this theory the initial acc- is by influence of the verb accipere "to take" (whence also Latin acceptor "falcon;" see accept). Or the sense could be literal, "with pointed wings." The proper plural would be accipitres. Related: Accipitral; accipitrine.
acclaim (v.) Look up acclaim at
early 14c., "to lay claim to," from Latin acclamare "to cry out at" (in Medieval Latin "to claim"), from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + clamare "cry out" (see claim (v.)). The meaning "to applaud" is recorded by 1630s. The spelling has been conformed to claim. Related: Acclaimed; acclaiming; acclamatory.
acclaim (n.) Look up acclaim at
"act of acclaiming, a shout of joy," 1667 (in Milton), from acclaim (v.).
acclamation (n.) Look up acclamation at
1540s, "act of shouting or applauding in approval," from Latin acclamationem (nominative acclamatio) "a calling, exclamation, shout of approval," noun of action from past participle stem of acclamare "to call to, cry out at, shout approval or disapproval of," from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + clamare "cry out," from PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)). As a method of spontaneous approval of resolutions, etc., by unanimous voice vote, by 1801, probably from the French Revolution.
acclimate (v.) Look up acclimate at
1792, "habituate (something) to a new climate," from French acclimater, verb formed from à "to" (see ad-) + climat (see climate). Intransitive sense "adapt to a new climate" is from 1861. Related: Acclimated; acclimating. The extended form acclimatize is now more common in the older sense of this word (generally in reference to plants or animals), leaving to this word the transitive sense, which more often refers to humans.
acclimation (n.) Look up acclimation at
1826, noun of action from acclimate, "by form-assoc. with words like narrate, narration, in which -ate is a vbl. ending: in acclimate it is part of the stem" [OED]. Coleridge has acclimatement (1823).
acclimatization (n.) Look up acclimatization at
"modification of a living thing to allow it to endure in a foreign climate," 1830, noun of action from acclimate. There is or was a tendency to use this word in reference to animals and plants and acclimation of humans.
acclimatize (v.) Look up acclimatize at
1836, "modify a living thing to suit a foreign climate" (transitive), see acclimate + -ize. A more recent formation than acclimate and generally replacing it in this sense. Related: Acclimatized; acclimatizing.
acclivity (n.) Look up acclivity at
"upward slope of ground," 1610s, from Latin acclivitatem (nominative acclivitas) "an ascending direction, rising grade, upward steepness," from acclivis "mounting upwards, ascending," from ad- "up" (see ad-) + clivus "hill, a slope," from PIE *klei-wo-, suffixed form of root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)).
accolade (n.) Look up accolade at
1620s, from French accolade "an embrace, a kiss" (16c.), from Provençal acolada or Italian accollata, ultimately from noun use of a fem. past participle of Vulgar Latin *accollare "to embrace around the neck," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + collum "neck" (see collar (n.)), from PIE root *kwel- (1) "move round, turn about" (see cycle (n.)).

The original sense is of an embrace about the neck then the tapping of a sword on the shoulders to confer knighthood. Extended meaning "praise, award" is from 1852. Also see -ade. The earlier form of the word in English was accoll (mid-14c.), from Old French acolee "an embrace, kiss, especially that given to a new-made knight," a noun use of the past participle of the verb acoler. The French noun in the 16c. was altered to accolade, with the foreign suffix, and English followed suit.
accommodate (v.) Look up accommodate at
1530s, "fit one thing to another," from Latin accomodatus "suitable, fit, appropriate to," past participle of accomodare "make fit, make fit for, adapt, fit one thing to another," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + commodare "make fit," from commodus ""proper, fit, appropriate, convenient, satisfactory" (see commode). From late 16c. as "make suitable," also "furnish (someone) with what is wanted," especially "furnish with suitable room and comfort" (1712). Related: Accommodated; accommodating.
accommodating (adj.) Look up accommodating at
"obliging, disposed to yield to the desires of others," 1771, present participle adjective from accommodate. Related: Accomodatingly. Accomodable is from c. 1600 as "suitable."
accommodation (n.) Look up accommodation at
c. 1600, "that which supplies a want or need," from French accommodation, from Latin accommodationem (nominative accommodatio) "an adjustment," noun of action from past participle stem of accommodare "make fit; make fit for" (see accommodate).

Meaning "appliance, anything which affords aid" is from 1610s; that of "act of accommodating" is from 1640s. Meaning "arrangement of a dispute" is from 1640s. An accommodation train (1838) was one making all stops (as opposed to an expresss); it was used earlier of stages (1811).
accommodations (n.) Look up accommodations at
"lodgings and entertainment," 1722, plural of see accommodation, which is attested from c. 1600 as "room and provisions, lodging."
accompaniment (n.) Look up accompaniment at
1744 in music (1731 as a term in heraldry), from French accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see accompany).
accompanist (n.) Look up accompanist at
"performer who takes the accompanying part in music," 1833, from accompany + -ist. Fowler prefers accompanyist.
accompany (v.) Look up accompany at
early 15c., "to be in company with," from Old French acompaignier "take as a companion" (12c., Modern French accompagner), from à "to" (see ad-) + compaignier, from compaign (see companion). Musical meaning "play or sing along with" is from 1570s. Related: Accompanied; accompanying.
accompanying (adj.) Look up accompanying at
1850, present participle adjective from accompany (v.).
accomplice (n.) Look up accomplice at
"associate in crime," 1580s, an unetymological extension of earlier complice (late 15c.), from Old French complice "a confederate, partner" (not in a criminal sense), from Late Latin complicem (nominative complex) "partner, confederate," from Latin complicare "to involve," literally "fold together" (see complicate). Altered perhaps on model of accomplish, etc., or by assimilation of the indefinite article in a complice.
accomplish (v.) Look up accomplish at
late 14c., "fulfill, perform, carry out an undertaking," from Old French acompliss-, present participle stem of acomplir "to fulfill, fill up, complete" (12c., Modern French accomplir), from Vulgar Latin *accomplere, from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + complere "fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Related: Accomplished; accomplishing.
accomplishable (adj.) Look up accomplishable at
1792, from accomplish + -able. Related: Accomplishability.
accomplished (adj.) Look up accomplished at
late 14c., "completed, finished," past participle adjective from accomplish (v.). From late 15c. as "perfect in acquirements as a result of training," from accomplish in an archaic sense "make complete by providing education in what is wanting," especially mental accomplishments and social graces.
accomplishment (n.) Look up accomplishment at
early 15c., "performance of a task; state of completion," from Old French acomplissement "completion, action of accomplishing," from acomplir "to fulfill, carry out, complete" (see accomplish). Meaning "thing completed" and that of "something that completes" someone and fits him or her for cultivated or fashionable society are from c. 1600.
accord (v.) Look up accord at
early 12c., "come into agreement," also "agree, be in harmony," from Old French acorder "agree, be in harmony" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *accordare "make agree," literally "be of one heart, bring heart to heart," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + cor (genitive cordis) "heart" (used figuratively for "soul, mind"), from PIE root *kerd- (1) "heart" (see heart (n.)). Compare concord, discord. Related: Accorded; according.
accord (n.) Look up accord at
late 13c., "agreement, harmony of opinions," accourd, acord, from Old French acorde, acort "agreement, alliance," a back-formation from acorder "reconcile, agree, be in harmony" (see accord (v.)). Meaning "will, voluntary impulse or act" (as in of one's own accord) is from mid-15c.
accordance (n.) Look up accordance at
c. 1300, "compliance;" early 14c., "agreement, concurrence, state of being in accord," from Old French acordance "agreeing, reconciliation, harmony," noun of action from acorder "reconcile, agree, be in harmony" (see accord (v.)). Of things, "conformity, compatibility, harmony," late 14c. Meaning "formal adjustment of a difference, peace treaty" is from late 13c. Phrase in accordance with is attested by 1793 (in Middle English, in accordance of was the usual form).
accordant (adj.) Look up accordant at
"corresponding, conformable," early 14c., from Old French acordant "agreeing with," from Medieval Latin accordantem (nominative accordans), present participle of accordare "agree," from Vulgar Latin (see accord (v.)). Related: Accordantly.
according (adj./adv.) Look up according at
c. 1300, "matching, similar, corresponding" (a sense now obsolete), present participle adjective and adverb from accord (v.). Meanings "conforming (to), compliant, in agreement; consistent, harmonious; suitable, appropriate" are from late 14c. According to "referring to," literally "in a manner agreeing with" is from late 14c. As an adverb, "often applied to persons, but referring eliptically to their statements or opinions" [Century Dictionary].
accordingly (adv.) Look up accordingly at
mid-14c., "in agreement with" (now obsolete), from according + -ly (2). From mid-15c. as "properly, adequately;" meaning "agreeably with logic or expectation" is from 1680s.
accordion (n.) Look up accordion at
"small, keyed, bellows-like wind instrument," 1831, from German Akkordion, from Akkord "musical chord, concord of sounds," from a verb similar to Old French acorder "agree, be in harmony," from Vulgar Latin *accordare (compare Italian accordare "to attune a musical instrument;" see accord (v.)), with suffix on analogy of clarion, etc. Invented 1829 by piano-maker Cyrill Demian (1772-1847) of Vienna. The type with a keyboard instead of buttons is a piano accordion. Related: Accordionist.
accost (v.) Look up accost at
1570s, "come side-by-side or face-to-face with," for any reason, from Middle French accoster "move up to, come alongside" (Old French acoster), from Late Latin accostare "come up to the side," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + costa "a rib, side" (see coast (n.)). Now usually in the sense "approach and speak to" (1610s). Also picked up in newspaper articles as the verb for a prostitute's solicitation of a customer (1887). Related: Accosted; accosting.
accouchement (n.) Look up accouchement at
"parturition, delivery in childbed," 1803, from French accouchement, noun of action from accoucher "go to childbed" (see accoucheur). The verb accouche (1867) is a back-formation, or else from French accoucher.