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secede

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intransitive verb se·cede \si-ˈsēd\

Simple Definition of secede

  • : to separate from a nation or state and become independent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of secede

secededseceding

  1. :  to withdraw from an organization (as a religious communion or political party or federation)

seceder noun

Examples of secede in a sentence

  1. South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860.



Origin of secede

Latin secedere, from sed-, se- apart (from sed, se without) + cedere to go — more at suicide


First Known Use: 1749


SECEDE Defined for Kids

secede

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verb se·cede \si-ˈsēd\

Definition of secede for Students

secededseceding

  1. :  to end an association with an organization (as a country)





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