Definition of concede
1 : to grant as a right or privilege Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.
2a : to accept as true, valid, or accurate The right of the state to tax is generally conceded.b (1) : to acknowledge grudgingly or hesitantly conceded that it might be a good idea (2) : to relinquish grudgingly or hesitantly concede power
concededlyplay \kən-ˈsē-dəd-lē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of concede from the Web
Portland had opportunities to win the match, but conceded a second half goal and missed a penalty kick late in the game as the club settled for the draw.
Fans cheered respectfully as the Celtics’ starters checked out of the game with 28.3 seconds left, conceding victory.
While not every person with addiction needs inpatient treatment, officials conceded that many of the treatment programs are far enough from Jewett City that getting patients to them is a problem.
By now, however, Faith concedes the title of the show is pretty much a rhetorical question.
Yet conceding too much ground to the soft Brexit camp risks incurring the wrath of Tory euroskeptics who remain a potent force.
The irony is that Putin’s coy denials in The Putin Interviews all but concede that Russia did it.
Duggan, in November 2015, conceded to the Detroit Free Press that this model may have not worked as planned.
Because slavery was the cause for which Lee fought, he could hardly be expected to easily concede, even at the cost of the freedom of his own men, that blacks could be treated as soldiers and not things.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of concede
French or Latin; French concéder, from Latin concedere, from com- + cedere to yield
First Known Use: 1626See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of concede
CONCEDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of concede for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of concede for Students
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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