• IPA: /kənˈsɛnt/

consent (consents, present participle consenting; past and past participle consented) (intransitive)

  1. To express willingness, to give permission.
    ''After reflecting a little bit, I've consented.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      My poverty, but not my will, consents.
  2. (medicine) To cause to sign a consent form.
  3. (obsolete) To grant; to allow; to assent to.
    • 1644, John Milton, The Doctrine or Discipline of Divorce:
      Interpreters […] will not consent it to be a true story.
  4. To agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to accord; to concur.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Acts 8:1 ↗:
      And Saul was consenting unto his death.
    • Flourishing many years before Wyclif, and much consenting with him in judgment.
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  1. Voluntary agreement or permission.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 6, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      All men know by experience, there be some parts of our bodies which often without any consent of ours doe stirre, stand, and lye down againe.
  2. (obsolete) Unity or agreement of opinion, sentiment, or inclination.
    • 1604-11, Bible (King James Version), Luke: XIV:18
      And they all with one consent began to make excuse.
  3. (obsolete) Advice; counsel.
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