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intransitive verb se·cede \si-ˈsēd\

: to separate from a nation or state and become independent


Full Definition of SECEDE

:  to withdraw from an organization (as a religious communion or political party or federation)
se·ced·er noun

Examples of SECEDE

  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

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SECEDING Defined for Kids


verb se·cede \si-ˈsēd\

Definition of SECEDE for Kids

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


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