verb con·cede \kən-ˈsēd\

Definition of concede




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grant as a right or privilege Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make concession :  yield


play \kən-ˈsē-dəd-lē\ adverb



Examples of concede in a sentence

  1. … 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

  2. … 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

  3. … 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

  4. I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon.

  5. Your plan might work, she conceded, but I still think mine is better.

  6. Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede.

  7. He's not ready to concede the election.

  8. The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government.

  9. The company says that workers are not conceding enough in negotiations.

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: 1626

Synonym Discussion of concede

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

CONCEDE Defined for English Language Learners


verb con·cede \kən-ˈsēd\

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


verb con·cede \kən-ˈsēd\

Definition of concede for Students




  1. 1 :  to admit to be true The candidate had to concede defeat.

  2. 2 :  to grant or yield usually unwillingly Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.

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to criticize severely

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