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See synonyms for: concedeconcededconceding on

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.

  1. 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.
  1. to make a 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

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin concēdere, equivalent to con- con- + cēdere “to withdraw, yield”; see cede

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Other words from concede

  • con·ced·er, noun
  • con·ces·si·ble [kuhn-ses-uh-buhl], /kənˈsɛs ə bəl/, adjective
  • pre·con·cede, verb (used with object), pre·con·ced·ed, pre·con·ced·ing.
  • un·con·ced·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with concede

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How to use concede in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for concede


/ (kənˈsiːd) /

  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)

  1. (tr) to admit as certain in outcome: to concede an election

Origin of concede

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

Derived forms of concede

  • concededly, adverb
  • conceder, noun

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