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cede

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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

Synonyms

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relinquish, abandon; grant, transfer, convey.
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Examples from the Web for ceding

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Historical Examples

  • To decide questions of exchanging or ceding a portion of the territory of Bulgaria.

    Bulgaria

    Frank Fox

  • One by one the States were redeeming their promises and ceding their western lands.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • But with the Americans were associated the making of treaties and the ceding of land.

    Old Fort Snelling

    Marcus L. Hansen

  • Since that very little has been said about ceding it to the crown.

  • A treaty with Spain ceding back Louisiana to France after forty years.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for ceding

cede

verb
  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

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

cede

v.

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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