verb (used without object), ret·ro·ced·ed, ret·ro·ced·ing.

to go back; recede; retire.

Nearby words

  1. retroactive inhibition,
  2. retrobulbar,
  3. retrobulbar anesthesia,
  4. retrobulbar neuritis,
  5. retrocalcaneobursitis,
  6. retrocedent gout,
  7. retrocession,
  8. retrocessionaire,
  9. retrochoir,
  10. retroclusion

Origin of retrocede

1645–55; < Latin retrōcēdere to go back, retire, equivalent to retrō- retro- + cēdere to go, move; see cede

Related formsret·ro·ced·ence, nounret·ro·ces·sive [re-tre-ses-iv] /ˌrɛ trɛˈsɛs ɪv/, adjective



verb (used with object), ret·ro·ced·ed, ret·ro·ced·ing.

to cede back: to retrocede a territory.
Insurance. (of a reinsurance company) to cede (all or part of a reinsured risk) to another reinsurance company.

Origin of retrocede

First recorded in 1810–20; retro- + cede

Related formsret·ro·ced·ence, ret·ro·ces·sion [re-truh-sesh-uh n] /ˌrɛ trəˈsɛʃ ən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retrocede



(tr) to give back; return
(intr) to go back or retire; recede
Derived Formsretrocession (ˌrɛtrəʊˈsɛʃən) or retrocedence, nounretrocessive or retrocedent, adjective

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