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verb (used with object), ced·ed, ced·ing.
  1. to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.
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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

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Related Words for ceder

slacker, dropout, chicken, deserter, shirker, ceder

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Historical Examples of ceder

  • The number semeth more here than there, for where all the Mountaynes are replenished with Ceder tres, it is a small matter.

    The pleasant historie of the conquest of the VVeast India, now called new Spayne

    Francisco Lpez de Gmara

  • The iuste man shall floryshe as the palme tre, and shall be multiplyed as the Ceder tre.

British Dictionary definitions for ceder


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

Word Origin for cede

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



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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