con·​cede kən-ˈsēd How to pronounce concede (audio)
conceded; conceding

transitive verb

: to acknowledge grudgingly or hesitantly
conceded that it might be a good idea
: to relinquish grudgingly or hesitantly
concede power
: to accept as true, valid, or accurate
The right of the state to tax is generally conceded.
: to grant as a right or privilege
Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.
concededly adverb
conceder noun

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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.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 on the Web Prosecutors do not concede that point and say the conviction should stand, but New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan will have to hear from both sides and reach a conclusion — which may well be appealed. Perry Stein, Washington Post, 7 July 2024 There’s now a small camera embedded near the top of the Pantheon grille, conceding some of the handmade frontal area for a tick of technology. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 6 July 2024 The Aston Villa goalkeeper has faced 24 penalties for Argentina and has conceded just 12 of them, including nine saves, per the BBC. Matias Grez, CNN, 5 July 2024 Selvan conceded just one game in her three regional matches and moved one step closer to her long-coveted goal. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for concede 

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Word History


French or Latin; French concéder, from Latin concedere, from com- + cedere to yield

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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The first known use of concede was in 1626

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“Concede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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con·​cede kən-ˈsēd How to pronounce concede (audio)
conceded; conceding
: to grant as a right or privilege
: to admit the truth or existence of something
concede defeat
conceder noun

from French concéder or Latin concedere, both meaning "to yield, grant, concede," from Latin con-, com- "together, with" and cedere "to go, withdraw, yield" — related to ancestor, necessary, predecessor, succeed

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