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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The concession stand rests behind new plastic shields, and bathroom cleanings have become more frequent. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Drive-in theater in Biden's birthplace offers an old-school break from coronavirus tedium," 5 Sep. 2020 In what officials said was a major concession to the U.S., both countries pledged to remove 5G equipment provided by untrusted vendors from their mobile networks, and to prohibit such vendors from bidding in the future. Rebecca Ballhaus And Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Serbia, Kosovo Agree to Normalize Economic Relations," 4 Sep. 2020 But Deters’s eventual concession showed how these cases still usually concluded — with officers cleared, convicted on lesser charges or otherwise walking free. Washington Post, "Prosecutors charged more police after Ferguson but struggled to win convictions. Will that change after George Floyd?," 4 Sep. 2020 Limited concession stands and fundraisers don’t help either. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "What a volleyball game looks like at Providence High School amid COVID-19," 20 Aug. 2020 Under the circumstances, agreeing to leave it to the EU bureaucracy — which is not known for its carefulness with taxpayer money — to watch over the spending of the €750 billion was a considerable concession by the frugals. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The EU’s Slow, Sneaky Attempt to Engineer a Fiscal Union," 18 Aug. 2020 Lines at gates, concession stands, merchandise stores and restrooms will be spaced to allow 6 feet between spectators. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Razorbacks to cap football capacity at around 17,000," 17 Aug. 2020 In other meetings this summer, Tackett has recommended that schools go to mobile or online cashless ticketing if possible, and that concession stands alter their operations to prioritize pre-packaged foods. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Athletic directors planning for everything during fall sports uncertainty," 7 Aug. 2020 Trump’s willingness to go along was a concession that federal responsibility was crucial to defeating a virus that did not respect state boundaries. Star Tribune, "Inside the Trump administration's rush to abandon leadership role on the virus," 18 July 2020

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

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“Concession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concession. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for concession

concession

noun
How to pronounce concession (audio)

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

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