cede

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verb \ˈsēd\

Definition of cede

ceded

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ceding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to yield or grant typically by treaty Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867.

  3. 2 :  assign, transfer ceded his stock holdings to his children

ceder

noun

Examples of cede in a Sentence

  1. Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867.

  2. she reluctantly ceded her position as leader

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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”


CEDE Defined for English Language Learners

cede

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verb

Definition of cede for English Language Learners

  • : to give control of (something) to another person, group, government, etc.


CEDE Defined for Kids

cede

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verb \ˈsēd\

Definition of cede for Students

ceded

;

ceding

  1. :  to give up especially by treaty The land was ceded to another country.


Law Dictionary

cede

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transitive verb \ˈsēd\

Legal Definition of cede

ceded

ceding

  1. 1 :  to yield or grant usually by treaty

  2. 2 :  assign, transfer

  3. 3 :  to transfer (all or part of one's liability as an insurer under an insurance policy) by reinsurance to another insurer



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