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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 conceding
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  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Well—" It was as if he took his question back, conceding its enormity.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • And I have been conceding, conceding, for the sake of my children.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • It almost sounded as if he were conceding that there should be no more crusades.

British Dictionary definitions for conceding

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 conceding

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.

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