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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.
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!

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

Synonyms for concede

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1. grant.

Antonyms for concede

1. deny. 3. refuse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for conceded

Contemporary Examples of conceded

Historical Examples of conceded

  • "If you're so set on it, I'll see about your position this afternoon," conceded Martin reluctantly.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • They conceded that it was a mystery she had not turned out "gormin'."

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • "Poetic simile: I'm going fast," conceded Kirkwood; but he did not smile.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Spiritual revelations were conceded to England at that favoured period, as at this.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • "I guess we've got to go through with it," conceded Mrs. Effie.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for conceded


  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
Derived Formsconcededly, adverbconceder, noun

Word Origin for concede

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



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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