[ si-seed ]
/ sɪˈsid /

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

to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.

Origin of secede

First recorded in 1695–1705, secede is from the Latin word sēcēdere to withdraw. See se-, cede

Related forms

se·ced·er, nounun·se·ced·ed, adjectiveun·se·ced·ing, adjective

Can be confused

cede concede secede seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for secede


/ (sɪˈsiːd) /


(intr often foll by from) (of a person, section, etc) to make a formal withdrawal of membership, as from a political alliance, church, organization, etc

Derived Forms

seceder, noun

Word Origin for secede

C18: from Latin sēcēdere to withdraw, from sē- apart + cēdere to go
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