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[kuh n-seed] /kənˈsid/
verb (used with object), conceded, conceding.
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.
verb (used without object), conceded, conceding.
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
1625-35; < 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.
1. grant.
1. deny. 3. refuse. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There were those who, if pressed, would have conceded that Reginald had no morals.

    The Oakdale Affair Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Every one conceded that Smith's dictum would decide the contest.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • This was accordingly done and the right claimed by the assembly or lower house was conceded to it.

    The Ontario Archives Alexander Fraser
  • It was conceded in business and financial circles that they hoped because they were amateurs.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • It is conceded that life is a dark and wretched failure for the great mass of mankind.

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
British Dictionary definitions for conceded


(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to admit or acknowledge (something) as true or correct
to yield or allow (something, such as a right)
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for conceded



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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