\ 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 Another reason Google is unlikely to cede its command over online search is the lack of a viable alternative and the challenge of building one. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Why it's so hard to dethrone Google," 21 Oct. 2020 Later, as the state began to open up, various advocates argued that Cuomo should cede those powers. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 On Sunday morning, the union unanimously passed a vote of no-confidence in de Blasio, CBS New York reported, demanding the mayor cede control of all city schools to the state Department of Education. CBS News, "New York City warns of "alarming" COVID hotspots as school leaders lose faith in the mayor," 28 Sep. 2020 And Sunday, the principals union said Mr. de Blasio should cede control of the district to the state during the pandemic, saying his administration had made too many errors, exacerbating a teacher shortage. Emma Tucker, WSJ, "New York City School Reopenings Bring Excitement, Nervousness," 29 Sep. 2020 It’s even harder for Trump, who hates to cede attention to anyone else. Anchorage Daily News, "The first presidential debate brings high stakes for Trump and Biden," 29 Sep. 2020 No American president should dally with declining to cede power rightfully lost, and anger over the president's comments is justified. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "Don't worry: The military dislikes Trump too much to help him steal the election," 25 Sep. 2020 Herbert and four members of the state’s congressional delegation spoke at Friday’s ceremony, all of them emphasizing a hope that the feds will cede greater control of public lands to Utah. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Feds hand over water projects to local districts in Utah," 18 Sep. 2020 Over years, Congress made the choice to shirk its duty and cede power to the executive branch. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Sen. Ben Sasse suggests repealing 17th Amendment and other changes to the Senate," 9 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cede. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce cede (audio)

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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