concession

noun
con·​ces·​sion | \ kən-ˈse-shən How to pronounce concession (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from concession

concessional \ kən-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce concessional (audio) , -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
concessionary \ kən-​ˈse-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce concessionary (audio) \ 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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The unrest shows no signs of abating despite an intensifying police crackdown, limited concessions from the Hong Kong government and sheer exhaustion faced by many protesters. Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters confront police tear gas with petrol bombs in 15th weekend of demonstrations," 15 Sep. 2019 Trump has also argued the farm bailout is justified by China’s trade tactics as a way to ensure the US extracts concessions from that country. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Senior government officials, including some in the White House, privately expressed concern that the Trump administration’s nearly $30 billion bailout for farmers needed stronger legal backing, according to multiple people who participated in the planning.," 10 Sep. 2019 Asked whether Mexico was effectively succumbing to Mr. Trump's tariffs threats without getting any concessions from the U.S., Ebrard tried to downplay the potential levies, saying the possibility of the U.S. imposing them is more remote now. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Mexico writes off "safe third country" deal with U.S., citing drop in border crossings," 10 Sep. 2019 The change represents a significant concession from Apple, which is known for trying to control everything, including the repair experience. Michael Liedtke, Twin Cities, "Cracked iPhone screen? You’ll have more places to fix it," 29 Aug. 2019 North Korea has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf. Fox News, "North Korea's Kim Jong Un expresses 'great satisfaction' over latest weapons tests," 17 Aug. 2019 That could include an initial freeze on Pyongyang’s nuclear program and will require concessions from the United States. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "Trump’s impromptu approach to North Korea divides his administration," 1 July 2019 In a narrow sense, that strike failed: The players returned to work without concessions from the league. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 This may require securing clear concessions from the military. Adem K Abebe, Quartz Africa, "In Sudan, the African Union reminds us it still has a key role in tackling the continent’s crises," 7 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'concession.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about concession

Statistics for concession

Last Updated

19 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for concession

The first known use of concession was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for concession

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 How to pronounce concession (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on concession

What made you want to look up concession? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to be made up of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!