Definition of concession
- The union will seek further concessions before accepting the contract.
- The ending of the movie was changed as a concession to the American audience's sensibilities.
- a concession to drill for oil
We are waiting for his concession of the election.
The candidate made an emotional concession speech when it was clear that he had lost.
The strikers have won some important concessions from the company.
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Concession carries two very distinct meanings in English. It is commonly used to indicate something that has been conceded (as when the politician who loses a race gives a concession speech, or when someone makes a concession in an argument). In a completely different context, the word maybe be found in the phrase concession stand. Where does this last use come from? Were concession stands originally set up to settle arguments or elections? Hardly. The concession in concession stand denotes “a usually exclusive right to undertake and profit by a specified activity.” The phrase is first recorded in a classified ad seeking someone to work at a booth at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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