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cede

[seed] /sid/
verb (used with object), ceded, ceding.
1.
to yield or formally surrender to another:
to cede territory.
Origin of cede
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35, cede is from the Latin word cēdere to go, yield
Related forms
ceder, noun
unceded, adjective
Can be confused
cede, concede, secede, seed.
Synonyms
relinquish, abandon; grant, transfer, convey.
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  • That is one reason why you should not think me generous, though it is not the reason why I cede them.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • There, if you cede so much to the authority of my years, the matter may be allowed to rest.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • We will cede the point, for it amounts to an admission that he knows nothing.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • Indeed I can hardly say I cede it, for I do not yet possess it.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • She was ready to cede him this point if he set any store by it.

    Phyllis of Philistia Frank Frankfort Moore
British Dictionary definitions for cede

cede

/siːd/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by to. to transfer, make over, or surrender (something, esp territory or legal rights): the lands were ceded by treaty
2.
(transitive) to allow or concede (a point in an argument, etc)
Derived Forms
ceder, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cēdere to yield, give way
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Word Origin and History for cede
v.

1630s, from French céder or directly from Latin cedere "to yield, give place; to give up some right or property," originally "to go from, proceed, leave," from Proto-Italic *kesd-o- "to go away, avoid," from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield" (cf. Sanskrit sedhati "to drive; chase away;" Avestan apa-had- "turn aside, step aside;" Greek hodos "way," hodites "wanderer, wayfarer;" Old Church Slavonic chodu "a walking, going," choditi "to go"). Related: Ceded; ceding. The sense evolution in Latin is via the notion of "to go away, withdraw, give ground."

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