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.

Other Words from concede

concededly \ kən-​ˈsē-​dəd-​lē How to pronounce concede (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web With only one seat separating the two blocs, Andersson was not ready to concede defeat late on Sunday. Niclas Rolander, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 Her 2018 campaign for governor marked the beginning of the Democrats’ rise, and many Republicans still associate her with her refusal to concede defeat to Mr. Kemp in that race. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2022 Despite such a narrow margin, Cuellar declared victory Tuesday night — though Cisneros declined to concede defeat. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 25 May 2022 Cawthorn called Edwards at around 10 p.m. Tuesday to concede defeat, according to multiple reports, citing Cawthorn spokesman Luke Ball. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was challenged on her refusal to concede her 2018 defeat ahead of the 2022 contest. Fox News, 24 Feb. 2022 In Strahovski’s case, that’s a penitence that’s still shaded with Serena Joy’s pride and near-total inability to truly concede wrong. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 Just a few minutes before midnight, Arroyo declined to concede, saying his campaign was still waiting for more than 15,000 ballots — largely early, mail-in ballots — to be counted. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 Those out of the title hunt aren’t willing to concede anything. Jenna Fryer, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concede. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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