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 formsse·ced·er, nounun·se·ced·ed, adjectiveun·se·ced·ing, adjective
Can be confusedcede concede secede seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seceded

Historical Examples of seceded

  • “And Louisiana seceded two months ago,” said the Marquise, and then smiled.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • Lady Amelia had seceded to her mother, as had also Mrs. Toff, the old housekeeper.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • It told us that an important member of the company had seceded.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray

  • Though she had not seceded, it was thought that her sympathies must be with the South.

  • Mississippi, through its convention, seceded January 9, 1861.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

British Dictionary definitions for seceded



(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 Formsseceder, noun

Word Origin for secede

C18: from Latin sēcēdere to withdraw, from sē- apart + cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for seceded



1702, "to leave one's companions," from Latin secedere "go away, withdraw, separate; rebel, revolt" (see secession). Sense of "to withdraw from a political or religious alliance of union" is recorded from 1755, originally especially in reference to the Church of Scotland. Related: Seceded; seceding; seceder.

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