- to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.
Origin of cede
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Examples from the Web for cedes
“He was probably a bear with a sore head after that,” she cedes.In Florida, Sprawling Humans Confront the Bears Who Lived There First
March 22, 2014
Ross, 18, cedes that whatever his intentions, he did wrong—albeit in a way that amused him.Florida’s Wedgie Prankster: I’m Sorry!
January 16, 2013
By ignoring it, however, he cedes the narrative to the Republicans.Obama’s Missing Economic Narrative
September 9, 2011
The main army of science moves to the conquest of new worlds slowly and surely, nor ever cedes an inch of the territory gained.
Nay, more, for Turkey cedes to England the fruitful and strategic island of Cyprus.The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882
Does not the power that cedes give up all right whatever to that which accepts?
She cedes more willingly to this hector who gives her the illusion of strength, that is of the male's beauty.The Natural Philosophy of Love
Remy de Gourmont
The engineer and the man of projects enter into partnership; Watt cedes two-thirds of his patent to him.
- (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)
Word Origin and History for cedes
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."