cede

verb
\ 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 In addition, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing – Japan would hate to cede the stage to China. Stephen Wade, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2021 While many of those customers would probably be fine with a shorter range, Ford would likely cede almost all consumers to the competition. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Ryan Braun, heretofore the face of the franchise and about to cede that title to Yelich, needed just one more pitch to win it, a shot to left that gave the Brewers a stunning 5-4 win. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2021 Dictators, by definition, don’t willingly cede power. Adam Nemett, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 Now many of those executives have been contemplating how to cede management, often while keeping a broader strategy role. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 11 May 2021 Cuomo was disinclined to cede that turf, making public corruption a signature focus of his new post. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Turning an article into an NFT and selling it doesn’t cede our exclusive legal authority to duplicate and distribute the article. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 17 Mar. 2021 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, 28 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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4 Jun 2021

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“Cede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cede. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for cede

cede

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cede

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

cede

verb
\ 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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