concede

verb
con·​cede | \ kən-ˈsēd How to pronounce concede (audio) \
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 How to pronounce concede (audio) \ adverb
conceder noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Consider what has happened since Election Day: Mr. Trump has refused to concede the election. NBC News, "Meet the Press - January 3, 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 Trump has refused to concede even though the Electoral College voted to affirm Biden's victory. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Arizona GOP senators file lawsuit against Maricopa County over subpoenas seeking ballot records," 23 Dec. 2020 The plan is coming together less than three weeks before Inauguration Day, when President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office, although Trump refuses to concede defeat. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom," 3 Jan. 2021 So thankful President Trump has a backbone and refuses to concede. Washington Post, "Republican contender for Va. governor says Trump should declare martial law," 15 Dec. 2020 Trump, whose term will end Jan. 20, refuses to concede, while clinging to unfounded claims of fraud that have been rejected by state and federal courts, and Friday by the Supreme Court. Arkansas Online, "Nearly 30 arrested after clashes at Trump supporters rally," 13 Dec. 2020 Trump, whose term will end Jan. 20, refuses to concede, while clinging to unfounded claims of fraud that have been rejected by state and federal courts, and Friday by the Supreme Court. Ashraf Khalil And Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, "Vandals hit Black churches during weekend of pro-Trump rallies in D.C.," 13 Dec. 2020 The President refuses to concede the election and has taken legal action in a number of states to challenge voting results. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "President-elect Joe Biden receives huge post-election favorability boost," 3 Dec. 2020 Biden continues to build his Cabinet and White House staff, led by Ron Klain, though President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Winter is coming (and so are vaccines)," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of concede was in 1626

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“Concede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concede. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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concede

verb
How to pronounce concede (audio)

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 How to pronounce concede (audio) \
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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