ADJ. common, general, universal Medicine is, by common assent, a good profession. There was general assent about his achievements. | royal The Education Act received the royal assent in 1944.
VERB + ASSENT give sth, grant The government gave their assent to the project. | withhold | meet with, obtain, receive | express, grunt, indicate, nod He nodded his assent when I asked if I could leave.
PREP. in ~ She smiled in assent. | with/without sb's ~ The raising of taxes without the assent of Parliament was declared illegal.
PHRASES a murmur/nod of assent The suggestion was greeted with a murmur of assent.