verb (used with object), ced·ed, ced·ing.

to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.

Origin of cede

First recorded in 1625–35, cede is from the Latin word cēdere to go, yield
Related formsced·er, nounun·ced·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcede concede secede seed

Synonyms for cede

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Examples from the Web for cede

Contemporary Examples of cede

Historical Examples of cede

  • That is one reason why you should not think me generous, though it is not the reason why I cede them.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • There, if you cede so much to the authority of my years, the matter may be allowed to rest.

    In Direst Peril

    David Christie Murray

  • We will cede the point, for it amounts to an admission that he knows nothing.

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • Indeed I can hardly say I cede it, for I do not yet possess it.

    Daniel Boone

    John S. C. Abbott

  • She was ready to cede him this point if he set any store by it.

    Phyllis of Philistia

    Frank Frankfort Moore

British Dictionary definitions for cede



(when intr, often foll by to) to transfer, make over, or surrender (something, esp territory or legal rights)the lands were ceded by treaty
(tr) to allow or concede (a point in an argument, etc)
Derived Formsceder, noun

Word Origin for cede

C17: from Latin cēdere to yield, give way
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Word Origin and History for cede

1630s, from French céder or directly from Latin cedere "to yield, give place; to give up some right or property," originally "to go from, proceed, leave," from Proto-Italic *kesd-o- "to go away, avoid," from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield" (cf. Sanskrit sedhati "to drive; chase away;" Avestan apa-had- "turn aside, step aside;" Greek hodos "way," hodites "wanderer, wayfarer;" Old Church Slavonic chodu "a walking, going," choditi "to go"). Related: Ceded; ceding. The sense evolution in Latin is via the notion of "to go away, withdraw, give ground."

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