[ seed ]
/ sid /

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

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

Nearby words

  1. cedar robe,
  2. cedar waxwing,
  3. cedarn,
  4. cedarwood,
  5. cedarwood oil,
  6. cedi,
  7. cedilla,
  8. cedric,
  9. cee,
  10. ceeb

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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British Dictionary definitions for ceder


/ (siːd) /


(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 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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