concession

noun
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:
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
3a : a small business or shop where things are sold in a public place (such as a sports stadium or theater) The theater had real Raisinets at the concession, so I got some of those, too.— Neal Fandek … Billie's visiting with her father, and I'm standing alone at the concession stand, buying my butterless corn.— Carrie Fisher
b concessions, plural : things sold at such a business Spectators spend an average of $5 per game on concessions.— Jack Gallagher

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Other Words from concession

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

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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Still, the concession is a notable one for Beijing: U.S. automobile exports to China totaled $9.5 billion last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, topped only by aerospace and agriculture exports. WSJ, "China to Suspend Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Cars and Auto Parts for Three Months," 14 Dec. 2018 Those concessions are now worth $300 on average over the course of a 12-month lease, up from just $24 a year ago, according to Apartment Insights/RealData. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Construction boom means lots of empty apartments, even some cheaper rents," 8 Oct. 2018 The decision to ban Mahan Air is the latest in several concessions that Berlin has made to the Trump administration since Mr. Grenell took up office as ambassador last spring. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Under U.S. Pressure, Germany Bans Iranian Airline," 21 Jan. 2019 The deal ended a dispute that had been going on since the early 1990s but it is opposed by conservatives like Kammenos, who feel that Tsipras gave away too many concessions. Demetris Nellas, The Seattle Times, "Greek PM Tsipras faces confidence vote after minister quits," 13 Jan. 2019 But making a concession around data is a potentially fraught proposition. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars," 30 Nov. 2018 Critics called it a concession for the North, which has long railed against the drills as invasion preparation and proof of U.S. hostility. Fox News, "Trump says he believes nuclear deal with N.Korea possible," 28 Sep. 2018 That was a stronger performance than most analysts had predicted earlier in the year, when landlords were struggling to fill units and handing out generous concessions, such as two or three months of free rent. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Landlords Boosted Rents Last Year, but Tenants May Soon Have the Edge," 5 Jan. 2019 Organizers have made some contemporary concessions, including an option for gluten-free waffles. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "New Nordic? Seattle’s Scandinavian food scene reaches far beyond lutefisk and lingonberries," 7 Nov. 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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concession

noun

English Language Learners Definition of concession

: the act of giving up something or doing something in order to reach agreement
: the act of admitting that you have been defeated in a contest
: something that you allow or do to end a conflict or reach an agreement

concession

noun
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)

concession

noun
con·​ces·​sion

Legal Definition of concession

1 : an act or instance of conceding or yielding
2 : something conceded: as
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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