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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Undeterred, Trump tried to pull off something of the kind last Veterans Day, but later conceded that the costs, as much as ninety million dollars, would be too much. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Little Rocket Man," 4 July 2019 Until last Tuesday, when Senate President Peter Courtney sheepishly conceded that there weren’t enough Democratic votes to pass the policy either. oregonlive.com, "How Oregon’s climate-change bill ran out of gas," 30 June 2019 Only the offside big toe of Crystal Dunn’s left foot bailed France out of conceding a third. Jonathan Tannenwald, Pro Soccer USA, "France laments painful World Cup loss to U.S. on its home soil," 29 June 2019 With runners on second and third and nobody out, the Giants infield played back, conceding a run. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants offense looks hopeless against Zack Greinke in Diamondbacks victory," 29 June 2019 Maybe, the [AHA] concedes, others who are less offended lack standing to sue. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Neil Gorsuch Scorns the “Offended” Atheists," 21 June 2019 Today, the foremost theory of American parties concedes this basic premise, describing parties as mere groups of policy demanders rather than robust organizations that connect citizens to their governments. Didi Kuo, Vox, "Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond," 20 June 2019 In its motion, the defense concedes the state proved that King engaged in trafficking, but argues that the state presented no evidence indicating Bemer knew what King was doing with the men, or that the men told Bemer what King did to them. David Owens, courant.com, "Glastonbury businessman Bruce Bemer faces sentencing in human trafficking trial," 11 June 2019 Sean Wilentz’s No Property in Man concedes the horrors of slavery and acknowledges that the Constitution benefited slaveholders. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 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

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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