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.
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. 2007With 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) 1991We 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 in Off the Record, 1988As 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. See More
Recent Examples on the WebBut in a concession to how international the collecting community has grown, the retailer is offering ways for potential buyers to get more information about the watch, or even arrange for a private viewing.—Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Adobe and Figma can now respond to the objections in writing to offer concessions that address the Commission’s precise regulatory concerns, and request a hearing, after which the Commission will decide whether the acquisition infringes on antitrust law.—Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 20 Nov. 2023 Zelensky is adamant that any territorial concessions would merely reward Russian military aggression.—Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Those concessions then dropped as far as 19.4% in July 2022.—Wsj Pro, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2023 Finally, hardcore travelers can head to the Niassa Special Reserve, where Anderson Expeditions is resuming a life-changing seven-night adventure tracking wildlife (by foot, game drive, and canoe) within a private concession with one of the industry’s finest guides.—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 Thus began today’s moral concessions, such as policies in New York, the birthplace of hip-hop, whereby politicians give preference to ex-con drug dealers for licenses to sell marijuana, a.k.a.—Armond White, National Review, 15 Nov. 2023 With concessions on this part, SAG-AFTRA could’ve made gains on other negotiating points, like residuals.—Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 The mix of successes and concessions with regard to AI has prompted some SAG members to voice their displeasure with the tentative contract.—Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English concessyon, from Anglo-French concessioun, from Latin concession-, concessio, from concedere to concede