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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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 Stewart Beach Stewart Beach is a golden-sand beach that's a quintessential family destination, complete with lifeguards, concessions, volleyball, showers, and bathrooms. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Western countries offer such concessions, primarily because their leaders are convinced that overall, China is moving in the right direction toward freer markets, productive international cooperation and political liberalization. Fox News, "Has China been duping the US for nearly half a century?," 13 Aug. 2018 President Obama pushed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to enter TPP in 2013, and his negotiators held extensive bilateral talks with Japan to hash out agricultural concessions before signing the full 12-nation multilateral deal in February 2016. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers Fear Lucrative Japanese Exports Will Wither," 25 Dec. 2018 More than 600 Googlers have now publicly signed an open letter opposing Google’s Dragonfly project, a search engine that would make controversial concessions to China’s internet censorship regime. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Googlers organized against the company’s China plans," 30 Nov. 2018 There’s still a handful of outstanding races With Nelson’s concession Sunday, Mississippi’s battle between Hyde-Smith and Espy remains the only undecided Senate race. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Weekend midterms update: Democrats concede Florida and Georgia but complete their Orange County sweep," 18 Nov. 2018 The president has repeatedly described his resort to tariffs, which are paid by American importers, as a lever to extract negotiating concessions from U.S. trading partners. Danielle Paquette, latimes.com, "U.S. proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports," 11 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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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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