[ 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!

Nearby words

  1. conceal,
  2. concealed carry,
  3. concealed hemorrhage,
  4. concealed-carry,
  5. concealment,
  6. conceit,
  7. conceited,
  8. conceitedly,
  9. conceivable,
  10. conceive

Origin of concede

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

Related forms
Can be confusedaccede 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 conceded


/ (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 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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