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concede

[kuh n-seed]
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verb (used with object), con·ced·ed, con·ced·ing.
  1. to acknowledge as true, just, or proper; admit: He finally conceded that she was right.
  2. to acknowledge (an opponent's victory, score, etc.) before it is officially established: to concede an election before all the votes are counted.
  3. to grant as a right or privilege; yield: to concede a longer vacation for all employees.
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verb (used without object), con·ced·ed, con·ced·ing.
  1. 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!
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Origin of concede

1625–35; < Latin concēdere, equivalent to con- con- + cēdere to withdraw, yield, cede
Related formscon·ced·ed·ly, adverbcon·ced·er, nouncon·ces·si·ble, adjectivepre·con·cede, verb (used with object), pre·con·ced·ed, pre·con·ced·ing.un·con·ced·ed, adjectiveun·con·ced·ing, adjectivewell-con·ced·ed, adjective
Can be confusedaccede concede exceedcede concede secede seed

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1. grant.

Antonyms

1. deny. 3. refuse.
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concede

verb
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to admit or acknowledge (something) as true or correct
  2. to yield or allow (something, such as a right)
  3. (tr) to admit as certain in outcometo concede an election
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Derived Formsconcededly, adverbconceder, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin concēdere, from cēdere to give way, cede
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Word Origin and History for concede

v.

1630s, from Middle French concéder or directly from Latin concedere "give way, yield, go away, depart, retire," figuratively "agree, consent, give precedence," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + cedere "to go, grant, give way" (see cede). Related: Conceded; conceding.

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