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 Although the contact information itself is readily available online, Anolik concedes it’s difficult to know what to ask. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "The Rise of the ‘Botox Bar’," 30 Oct. 2019 The government concedes Botswana’s food security is jeopardized by increasing crop failure and livestock mortality. James Kirby, Quartz Africa, "The story behind Botswana’s closest-ever election and how its consequences will play out," 26 Oct. 2019 Jeffrey, however, did concede that if U.S. forces had been told to stand their ground amid a Turkish invasion, Turkey may have thought otherwise about crossing the border. Fox News, "Trump to give statement on Syria pullout amid bipartisan criticism, hopes for border 'safe zone'," 23 Oct. 2019 Still, Newsom conceded that some of his lofty early rhetoric — the 3.5-million home-building number and the reference to the Marshall Plan — requires more specifics. Los Angeles Times, "Newsom says he’s done a good job fixing California’s housing crisis. Facts say otherwise," 21 Oct. 2019 With him in the lineup, Minnesota conceded only 32 goals in 30 games. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Loons’ Ike Opara named MLS Defender of the Year," 17 Oct. 2019 Matland concedes that the discretion in the jewelry has her constantly walking a fine line. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why the Jewelry on Succession Is So Damn Low-Key," 15 Oct. 2019 Just 24 hours later, Bolsonaro conceded that farmers might have started the fires. The Washington Post, cleveland, "The Amazon is still burning. Who is responsible?," 7 Oct. 2019 Alford conceded that the amount of zone read Ohio State ran in 2017, as well as Barrett’s skills, helped Dobbins find his early success. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Can Ohio State football recreate the connection that made J.K. Dobbins a freshman sensation? Friday Focus," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of concede was in 1626

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14 Nov 2019

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“Concede.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceding. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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