con·cede | \ kən-ˈsēd \
conceded; conceding

Definition of concede 

transitive verb

1a(1) : to acknowledge grudgingly or hesitantly conceded that it might be a good idea

(2) : to relinquish grudgingly or hesitantly concede power

b : to accept as true, valid, or accurate The right of the state to tax is generally conceded.

2 : to grant as a right or privilege Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.

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concededly \kən-ˈsē-dəd-lē \ adverb
conceder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for concede


acknowledge, admit, agree, allow, confess, fess (up), grant, own (up to)



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grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld. granted them a new hearing concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim. even her critics concede she can be charming vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension. vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples accord implies giving to another what is due or proper. accorded all the honors befitting a head of state award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors. awarded the company a huge defense contract

Politics and concede

After the votes have been counted, one candidate traditionally concedes the election to his or her opponent by giving a concession speech. If you're lucky, your boss will concede that she was wrong the last time she criticized you. But in the middle of an argument, we're not all so good at conceding that the other guy might have a good point.

Examples of concede in a Sentence

… he conceded that with six kids, something like this was bound to happen. At least one of them had to be a bad egg. —Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005 … it was generally conceded that Caepio, if and when tried for treason under the present system, would be acquitted. —Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991 … after listening to Tom, he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and so he consented to be a pirate. —Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876 I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon. “Your plan might work,” she conceded, “but I still think mine is better.” Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede. He's not ready to concede the election. The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government. The company says that workers are not conceding enough in negotiations.
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Many of those allies agree in principle and some are conceding to his demands. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump’s demand for reciprocity with allies," 12 July 2018 Allowing red-state Democrats to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh concedes an immediate loss that will have implications for many years to come. WSJ, "Senate Losses Are Worth the Risk for Democrats," 12 July 2018 Wednesday marked the seventh time out of 16 league games FC Cincinnati's conceded two or more goals., "Player ratings for FC Cincinnati's 3-3 draw against Toronto FC II," 28 June 2018 As Snapchat struggles to grow against Instagram, Snap seems to be conceding to letting its content travel across platforms in an effort to boost hardware sales. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Spectacles’ latest update finally optimizes videos for sharing outside Snapchat," 22 June 2018 With Shinnecock Hills playing far easier Sunday than in a brutal third round when the USGA conceded the course was at points unfair, Fleetwood had eight birdies and one bogey. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Tommy Fleetwood flirts with 62, ties US Open mark with 63," 17 June 2018 In December, the companies conceded failure on that score, but held out for better results on the study’s secondary goal, which was BAN2401’s effect after 18 months. Damian Garde, STAT, "Biogen reports positive results with Alzheimer’s drug, reviving hopes for once-failed treatment," 5 July 2018 Even after a flub by center back Carlyle Mitchell conceded an own goal in the 28th minute, Indy confidently continued pressing. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Motivated Indy Eleven fall short in 2nd game of homestand," 4 July 2018 Speaking to MailOnline following England's dramatic win over in Moscow, the 24-year-old fired back at the jab made after the Everton keeper conceded a goal to Adnan Januzaj during the group stage., "Jordan Pickford Hits Back at Thibaut Courtois' Height Jab After Colombia Penalty Heroics," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of concede

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for concede

French or Latin; French concéder, from Latin concedere, from com- + cedere to yield

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English Language Learners Definition of concede

: to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something) : to admit (something) usually in an unwilling way

: to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win

: to give away (something) usually in an unwilling way


con·cede | \ kən-ˈsēd \
conceded; conceding

Kids Definition of concede

1 : to admit to be true The candidate had to concede defeat.

2 : to grant or yield usually unwillingly Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.

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