verb con·cede \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


Full Definition of CONCEDE

transitive verb
:  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>
intransitive verb
:  to make concession :  yield
con·ced·ed·ly \-ˈsē-dəd-lē\ adverb
con·ced·er noun

Examples of CONCEDE

  1. I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon.
  2. Your plan might work, she conceded, but I still think mine is better.
  3. Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede.
  4. He's not ready to concede the election.
  5. The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government.
  6. The company says that workers are not conceding enough in negotiations.
  7. … 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

Origin of CONCEDE

French or Latin; French concéder, from Latin concedere, from com- + cedere to yield
First Known Use: 1626


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