- 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.
- 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
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1. deny. 3. refuse.
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Examples from the Web for conceded
Now, having barely survived in a race that was not conceded, Malloy has some advice for his fellow Democrats.Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to Democrats: Grow a Pair
November 19, 2014
Yet she also conceded that there is some crude residue still inside the Tesoro rail-facility stormwater system.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
“I may be jumping the gun a little bit for this Halloween,” Stinnett conceded, considering Paul is not yet quite a household name.Inside the World of Rand Paul Swag
August 20, 2014
Colombia conceded a goal in only the seventh minute, off a Brazilian free kick that an unmarked Silva put coolly in the net.Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game
July 4, 2014
It lost every game, scored one goal, conceded nine, and had a player sent off for a bizarre elbow attack.Cameroon Investigates World Cup Fixing Claim
July 1, 2014
"If you're so set on it, I'll see about your position this afternoon," conceded Martin reluctantly.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
They conceded that it was a mystery she had not turned out "gormin'."Tiverton Tales
"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
"I guess we've got to go through with it," conceded Mrs. Effie.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- (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
C17: from Latin concēdere, from cēdere to give way, cede
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Word Origin and History for conceded
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