\ ˈsēd How to pronounce cede (audio) \
ceded; ceding

Definition of cede

transitive verb

1 : to yield or grant typically by treaty Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867.
2 : assign, transfer ceded his stock holdings to his children

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Other Words from cede

ceder noun

Do you cede or seed control?

Cede means "to yield or grant typically by treaty." Most of the verb senses of seed are concerned with planting seeds (either literal, as of plants, or figuratively, as of ideas). However, the word may also be used to mean "to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds." If you relinquish or yield something you are ceding it, and if you are organizing the participants in a tournament you are seeding them.

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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.

Examples of cede in a Sentence

Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867. she reluctantly ceded her position as leader
Recent Examples on the Web Under Prince Mohammed, the kingdom has been willing to lure foreign investors and cede some access to its oil assets in exchange for cash. WSJ, "Saudi Arabia to Sell More Aramco Stakes, Crown Prince Says," 28 Apr. 2021 The Upshot President Biden and the White House shouldn’t cede an important opportunity to message to constituents in a way that doesn’t disrupt the timing of actual checks. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, "Biden Signs Stimulus Bill, But Won’t Sign $1,400 Stimulus Checks; It’s A Missed Opportunity," 12 Mar. 2021 Biden was looking presidential, and Trump didn’t want to cede the stage. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Dangerous lies, democracy in peril: What we learned from a week of election news on TV," 7 Nov. 2020 When Denver’s elder statesman does have something to say, Malone will gladly cede the floor to him. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Journal: Like a fine wine, veteran Paul Millsap aging gracefully," 29 Feb. 2020 And Raul Castro is expected to cede control as first secretary of the communist party. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Cuba's Raul Castro prepares to step down, ending the era of his famous clan at the country's helm," 15 Apr. 2021 With the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, however, the kingdom has been more willing to lure foreign investors and cede some access to its oil assets in exchange for cash. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Aramco Strikes $12.4 Billion Oil Pipeline Deal With EIG-Led Group," 9 Apr. 2021 Ending prohibition in the Empire State apparently boiled down to not wishing to cede a potential revenue bonanza to New Jersey in lieu of legislators undergoing moral epiphanies. Iris Dorbian, Forbes, "NY Legalizes Pot: Will That Squash The State’s Black Market?," 5 Apr. 2021 Women’s athletics executives waged a fierce debate over what to do, and whether to cede influence to men, who were suspected by some to be hungry for control, not equity. New York Times, "Women’s Basketball Is a Renewed Flashpoint for an Embattled N.C.A.A.," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cede

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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"

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11 May 2021

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“Cede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cede. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cede

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


\ ˈsēd How to pronounce cede (audio) \
ceded; ceding

Kids Definition of cede

: to give up especially by treaty The land was ceded to another country.
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce cede (audio) \
ceded; ceding

Legal Definition of cede

1 : to yield or grant usually by treaty
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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