[ kuhn-seed ]
/ kənˈsid /

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

to acknowledge as true, just, or proper; admit: He finally conceded that she was right.
to acknowledge (an opponent's victory, score, etc.) before it is officially established: to concede an election before all the votes are counted.
to grant as a right or privilege; yield: to concede a longer vacation for all employees.

verb (used without object), con·ced·ed, con·ced·ing.

to make concession; yield to pressure or circumstances; admit defeat: She was so persistent that I conceded at last. My favorite candidate conceded before the polls were even closed!

Origin of concede

1625–35; < Latin concēdere, equivalent to con- con- + cēdere to withdraw, yield, cede

Related forms

Can be confused

accede concede exceedcede concede secede seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concede


/ (kənˈsiːd) /


(when tr, may take a clause as object) to admit or acknowledge (something) as true or correct
to yield or allow (something, such as a right)
(tr) to admit as certain in outcometo concede an election

Derived Forms

concededly, adverbconceder, noun

Word Origin for concede

C17: from Latin concēdere, from cēdere to give way, cede
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