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 An outgoing president refused to concede the election, a mob stormed the Capitol, and a new President eventually was inaugurated. The Insider, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 After a year like no other - a country wrestling with a deadly pandemic, a president who refused to concede the election, crippling unemployment and food lines - the 2021 inauguration was already going to be unlike any other. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Jan. 2021 After a year like no other — a country wrestling with a deadly pandemic, a president who refused to concede the election, crippling unemployment and food lines — the 2021 inauguration was already going to be unlike any other. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2021 Trump, who had repeatedly refused to concede the election, said in a statement immediately after the vote that there will be a smooth transition of power on Inauguration Day. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 7 Jan. 2021 President Trump, who has refused to concede the November presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden, held a Monday night rally in Georgia on the eve of the two Senate races. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 4 Jan. 2021 President Trump, who has refused to concede the election, has repeatedly challenged Mr. Biden's victory in Georgia. Grace Segers, CBS News, 15 Dec. 2020 Trump has refused to concede the election and continues to make unsupported allegations of fraud. Arkansas Online, 14 Dec. 2020 The electors’ votes have drawn more attention than usual this year because President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election and continued to make baseless allegations of fraud. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, 14 Dec. 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 24 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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