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verb (used with object),ced·ed, ced·ing.
  1. 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”

Other words for cede

Other words from cede

  • ced·er, noun

Words that may be confused with cede

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British Dictionary definitions for cede


/ (siːd) /

  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)

Origin of cede

C17: from Latin cēdere to yield, give way

Derived forms of cede

  • ceder, noun

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