concede

verb
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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Other Words from concede

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for concede

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

deny

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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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Even if North Korea conceded much of its enrichment apparatus in an agreement, its government has backed out of international agreements before — both openly and in secret — and could do so again. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 As both Dr Keith and Mr Oldham concede, recycling CO2 in this way means that Carbon Engineering’s current business model offers zero, rather than truly negative, emissions. The Economist, "Extracting carbon dioxide from the air is possible. But at what cost?," 7 June 2018 And yet the White House still doesn't seem willing to totally concede the point. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory," 13 July 2018 But this World Cup is a moment to concede the obvious: The duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi that has ruled the global game for the last decade is in its late era. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 The Indians were ready to concede the run when third-base coach Mike Jirschele put up the stop sign after initially waving Perez home. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Danny Duffy serves up slam as Royals fall to Indians, lose 60th game of season," 3 July 2018 The domestic upheaval as well as concerns by the European Commission prompted authorities to concede to some changes, though the main thrust of the legislation has remained the same. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "European Union moves against Poland for its new court law," 2 July 2018 The Belgians cruised to qualification, dropping just two points, scoring 43 goals and conceding six in ten matches. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Japan - Recent Form, Team News, Previous Encounter & More," 1 July 2018 Earlier Wednesday, as reports circulated that Leno planned to concede, a spokeswoman for Breed’s campaign declined to comment. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mark Leno concedes SF mayor’s race to London Breed," 13 June 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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concede

verb

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

concede

verb
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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