con·ces·sion | \kən-ˈse-shən \

Definition of concession 

1a : the act or an instance of conceding (as by granting something as a right, accepting something as true, or acknowledging defeat) The union will seek further concessions before accepting the contract.

b : the admitting of a point claimed in argument

2 : something conceded or granted:

a : acknowledgment, admission

b : something done or agreed to usually grudgingly in order to reach an agreement or improve a situation The ending of the movie was changed as a concession to the American audience's sensibilities.

c(1) : a grant of land or property especially by a government in return for services or for a particular use

(2) : a right to undertake and profit by a specified activity a concession to drill for oil

(3) : a lease of a portion of premises for a particular purpose also : the portion leased or the activities carried on

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Other Words from concession

concessional \kən-ˈsesh-nəl, -ˈse-shə-nᵊl \ adjective
concessionary \kən-ˈse-shə-ˌner-ē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for concession


acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), admission, avowal, confession


disavowal, nonadmission

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Meanings of Concession

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.

Examples of concession in a Sentence

In the big pristine forests of the Congo Basin, governments are selling logging and mining concessions to get money … — Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2007 With him he carried a secret mandate from Prince Gauda, promising all sorts of concessions in Numidia once he was its king. — Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991 We sang exactly in the same range. There was never a concession that had to be made musically because our ranges were so totally compatible. — Rosemary Clooney, quoted by Joe Smith, Off the Record, 1988 As a concession to her debility she lay on an aluminum chaise longue … — John Updike, New Yorker, 23 May 1988 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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But Trump agreed to help the firm out as a way to try to spark concessions from Beijing during broader trade negotiations. Damian Paletta,, "Trump administration takes major step to help Chinese firm ZTE," 12 July 2018 Both men saw their chance of the big time after Japanese forces attacked Shanghai’s Chinese districts in 1937, leaving the international concessions as islands in a sea of panic and devastation. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Police were called to the stadium Saturday after female concession employees complained. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Food worker at Kauffman Stadium charged with sexual abuse of teenage colleague," 11 July 2018 No Label Brewing of Katy will man the beer concession. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Triathlon comes home to Katy with new features," 10 July 2018 His one concession to civilization was abandoning his frying pan to eat in San Francisco restaurants. Gary Kamiya,, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 The plaza, which the team controls, gives the Vikings more opportunities to make money before the game on concessions. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 The converted venue can seat up to 2,000 fans, fit massive screens, and support retail and concessions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A new stadium in Arlington, Texas, suggests the move from big-box store to video game venue may be coming to a city near you," 28 June 2018 That’s an average ticket price of $345, not counting parking or concessions, for what could very well be Burkina Faso-Uzbekistan. Mark Zeigler,, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of concession

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for concession

Middle English concessyon, from Anglo-French concessioun, from Latin concession-, concessio, from concedere to concede

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con·ces·sion | \kən-ˈse-shən \

Kids Definition of concession

1 : the act or an instance of giving up or admitting something a concession of defeat His one concession to the temperature was that we work indoors …— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

2 : something given up The employees won concessions from the company.

3 : a right to engage in business given by an authority a mining concession

4 : a small business where things are sold (as at a sports facility or public place)



Legal Definition of concession 

1 : an act or instance of conceding or yielding

2 : something conceded: as

a : acknowledgment, admission

b : something granted especially as an inducement (as to enter into an agreement)

c : a grant of real property especially by a government in return for services or for a particular use (as settlement)

d : a right to undertake a specified activity for profit on another's real property a logging concession

e : a lease that grants a right to engage in a profitable activity on another's real property also : the property or portion of the property subject to such a lease

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