- to acknowledge as true, just, or proper; admit: He finally conceded that she was right.
- to acknowledge (an opponent's victory, score, etc.) before it is officially established: to concede an election before all the votes are counted.
- to grant as a right or privilege; yield: to concede a longer vacation for all employees.
- to make concession; yield to pressure or circumstances; admit defeat: She was so persistent that I conceded at last. My favorite candidate conceded before the polls were even closed!
Origin of concede
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1. deny. 3. refuse.
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Examples from the Web for concede
Though Kerzner did concede that being a sock helped with his candor.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
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But nobody wanted to concede to being a part of the problem.Interpol on the Arrogance of Believing Their Own Myth and Life After Carlos D.
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Invading Iraq in 2003 was a mistake (57 percent of Americans concede as much).Why Obama's Iraq War Will Be a Disaster
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It not only motivates parents to concede to the practice, but also not to report incidences when medical issues arise.Why Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Babies Keep Getting Herpes
July 29, 2014
By contrast, those religious communities that concede too much to the world are bound to decline.Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?
June 1, 2014
If we concede to the criminal the right to a further chance we concede it to ourselves.The Conquest of Fear
"In doing which, I fear, you will concede all the merits," said Mr. Effingham.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
I will concede it, my dear Scaramouche, so that I may hear the sequel.Scaramouche
It was not too much, therefore, to concede to them this privilege of escape.
I was willing to concede something, and offered a compromise.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to admit or acknowledge (something) as true or correct
- to yield or allow (something, such as a right)
- (tr) to admit as certain in outcometo concede an election
C17: from Latin concēdere, from cēdere to give way, cede
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Word Origin and History for concede
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