Examples of cede in a sentence
Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867.
she reluctantly ceded her position as leader
Did You Know?
Cede is often a formal term used in discussing territory and rights, but is also used less formally. So, for example, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the U.S. in 1898, following the Spanish-American War, and the U.S. ceded control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1999. Critics warn that we are ceding leadership in alternative-energy technology to China. Citizens of one European country or another are always worrying that their own country is ceding too much power to the European Union. A tennis player doesn't have any choice when she cedes her no. 1 ranking to a rival.
Origin and Etymology of cede
borrowed from French or Latin; French céder, borrowed from Latin cēdere “to go, move away, withdraw, yield,” perhaps, if derived from an originally transitive meaning “drive away,” akin to Sanskrit sedhati “(she/he) chases away,” Avestan siiazdat “will chase away”
First Known Use: 1749
CEDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cede for English Language Learners
: to give control of (something) to another person, group, government, etc.
CEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of cede for Students
: to give up especially by treaty The land was ceded to another country.
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