con·cede verb \kən-ˈsēd\
: to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something) : to admit (something) usually in an unwilling way
: to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win
: to give away (something) usually in an unwilling way
: to grant as a right or privilege
a : to accept as true, valid, or accurate <the right of the state to tax is generally conceded>
b (1) : to acknowledge grudgingly or hesitantly <conceded that it might be a good idea> (2) : to relinquish grudgingly or hesitantly <concede power>
Examples of CONCEDE
- I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon.
- “Your plan might work,” she conceded, “but I still think mine is better.”
- Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede.
- He's not ready to concede the election.
- The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government.
- The company says that workers are not conceding enough in negotiations.
- … he conceded that with six kids, something like this was bound to happen. At least one of them had to be a bad egg. —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005
- … it was generally conceded that Caepio, if and when tried for treason under the present system, would be acquitted. —Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991
- … after listening to Tom, he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and so he consented to be a pirate. —Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876
Origin of CONCEDE
French or Latin; French concéder,
from Latin concedere,
First Known Use: 1626
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