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

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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 The union had been fighting against an increase in the number of part-time employees the authority wanted to employ, but Courtney said the authority eventually conceded that point. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Silicon Valley light rail, bus drivers reach contract deal after contentious negotiations," 7 Sep. 2019 Albence later conceded that the number of arrests was lower compared to similar operations. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "'Operation Border Resolve' ICE raids, touted by President Donald Trump, net 35 arrests, officials say," 16 July 2019 After initially refusing point-blank, Sean grudgingly concedes to the pilgrimage and the pair fly off to Dublin. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'End of Sentence': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 30 June 2019 Camped in their own half, inviting pressure, the West Ham of old would no doubt have conceded. SI.com, "A Good Result, But Now Is the Time for West Ham to Unleash Pablo Fornals From the Start," 17 Sep. 2019 After citing multiple studies, the inquiry concedes that a clear, causal link has yet to be established between loot boxes and problem gambling. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "UK Parliament: Ban all loot boxes until evidence proves they’re safe for kids," 12 Sep. 2019 With Saurerbrunn leading the way, the Royals have conceded a league-fewest 15 goals this year. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Thorns vs. Utah Royals: Players to watch, how to watch live stream online," 5 Sep. 2019 The Eleven have only conceded four goals at home all season. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Eleven fend off conference-leading NYRB II, extend home unbeaten streak with late win," 4 Sep. 2019 Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s current CEO, expressed regret about his company’s actions without conceding Waymo’s central claim. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Engineer charged with stealing Google’s self-driving car secrets," 27 Aug. 2019

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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
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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