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 concededly (audio) \ 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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The Kremlin has conceded that China’s Belt and Road initiative will overshadow its historical control over Central Asia, since Moscow cannot compete economically. New York Times, "Xi Jinping’s Visit to Russia Accents Ties in Face of Tensions with U.S.," 5 June 2019 At this point, Gore has already conceded by phone to Bush. Hope Reese, Vox, "A historian on our broken election system: “it’s run by people with stake in the outcome”," 21 Nov. 2018 With no obvious successors to become Dak Prescott's primary receiver, Dallas coaches have conceded that multiple players will have to make up for the lost production. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018 Neither could the criteria of goals scored as Japan and Senegal both scored four and conceded four during the group stage. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Senegal eliminated from World Cup by cruelest criteria – yellow cards," 28 June 2018 After a 2-2 draw last Sunday, Japan and Senegal share the lead with four points and the same number of goals scored and conceded. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Japan aim for top spot in Group H against eliminated Poland," 27 June 2018 Mission Beach, it is generally conceded, is without a pear as a seaside playground. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 29, 1925: Belmont Park dedicated," 29 May 2018 Nonetheless, Herrell has still not conceded; in early December, representatives of her campaign went to a warehouse to look over ballots. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 In a reflection of the lopsided vote, his main competitors conceded the race within 45 minutes of the polls’ closing, another historical first. New York Times, "López Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide," 2 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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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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