concession

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

Essential Meaning of concession

1 : the act of giving up something or doing something in order to reach agreement The company has been unwilling to make concessions (to the strikers) during negotiations.
2 : the act of admitting that you have been defeated in a contest We are waiting for his concession of the election. The candidate made an emotional concession speech when it was clear that he had lost.
3 : something that you allow or do to end a conflict or reach an agreement The strikers have won/gained/secured some important/major concessions from the company.

Full 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

Other Words from concession

concessional \ kən-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce concession (audio) , -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
concessionary \ kən-​ˈse-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce concession (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 in 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 There will be a candy cane concession stand and a hot cocoa bar. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Thus will end more than 15 years of road trips, hotel rooms and concession stand food for the Hendersons that began when Chris — now 23 — was in elementary school. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 24 Nov. 2021 Disney reopened its resorts in July after closing them for more than 13 months, losing billions of dollars in ticket and concession sales. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 The cryptos can be used for both ticket sales and concession purchases. Chris Morris, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2021 After voting last week to authorize a strike, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport concession workers announced on Sunday that their strike at the airport will begin Monday. Kaila White, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2021 Word soon came that the Americans were getting the mining concession after all, generating speculation about what the two men had discussed. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 To access daily concession schedules and offerings, visit https://www.cvgairport.com/flight/tips/flyhealthy/concessions. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 Modi said his government would repeal three farm laws aimed at fixing the country’s struggling agricultural sector, in a surprise concession to yearlong protests by farmers worried that the overhauls would ruin their livelihoods. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Nov. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concession. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for concession

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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