- 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 conceding
As I anticipated, my “bridge proposal” was criticized by both sides for conceding too much to the other.Liberal Zionists Should Support BDS
February 11, 2013
But after conceding that some gun reforms are OK, pivot back to areas of GOP strength: moral issues, family values.In Town-Hall Meeting, Christie Counters Obama on Guns
January 17, 2013
The president has been criticized either for doing too little or conceding too much.Lessons From the Fiscal Cliff: the Political Fallout
January 4, 2013
As of last night, Democrats were conceding the estate tax plus the higher exemption on tax rates, which had risen to $450,000.Will Obama Yield on Taxes?
December 31, 2012
Kaine pulled out a narrow victory by about two points, with Allen conceding late Tuesday.Does Big Money Buy Elections? Sometimes, But Not for Linda McMahon
November 7, 2012
But that is conceding the greater part of what I wish to demonstrate.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
By conceding to me the same right your little friend has allowed.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
"Well—" It was as if he took his question back, conceding its enormity.The Combined Maze
And I have been conceding, conceding, for the sake of my children.The Prairie Child
It almost sounded as if he were conceding that there should be no more crusades.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
- (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 conceding
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