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concede

[kuh n-seed] /kənˈsid/
verb (used with object), conceded, conceding.
1.
to acknowledge as true, just, or proper; admit:
He finally conceded that she was right.
2.
to acknowledge (an opponent's victory, score, etc.) before it is officially established:
to concede an election before all the votes are counted.
3.
to grant as a right or privilege; yield:
to concede a longer vacation for all employees.
verb (used without object), conceded, conceding.
4.
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
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin concēdere, equivalent to con- con- + cēdere to withdraw, yield, cede
Related forms
concededly, adverb
conceder, noun
concessible, adjective
preconcede, verb (used with object), preconceded, preconceding.
unconceded, adjective
unconceding, adjective
well-conceded, adjective
Can be confused
accede, concede, exceed.
cede, concede, secede, seed.
Synonyms
1. grant.
Antonyms
1. deny. 3. refuse.
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Examples from the Web for conceded
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  • "If you're so set on it, I'll see about your position this afternoon," conceded Martin reluctantly.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • They conceded that it was a mystery she had not turned out "gormin'."

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "Poetic simile: I'm going fast," conceded Kirkwood; but he did not smile.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Spiritual revelations were conceded to England at that favoured period, as at this.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • "I guess we've got to go through with it," conceded Mrs. Effie.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for conceded

concede

/kənˈsiːd/
verb
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to admit or acknowledge (something) as true or correct
2.
to yield or allow (something, such as a right)
3.
(transitive) to admit as certain in outcome: to concede an election
Derived Forms
concededly, adverb
conceder, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin concēdere, from cēdere to give way, cede
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Word Origin and History for conceded

concede

v.

1630s, from Middle French concéder or directly from Latin concedere "give way, yield, go away, depart, retire," figuratively "agree, consent, give precedence," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + cedere "to go, grant, give way" (see cede). Related: Conceded; conceding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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