- 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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- (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 conceder
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