se·​cede | \si-ˈsēd \
seceded; seceding

Definition of secede 

intransitive verb

: to withdraw from an organization (such as a religious communion or political party or federation)

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Other Words from secede

seceder noun

Examples of secede in a Sentence

South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860.

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Left unmentioned is the fact that Lincoln’s First Inaugural, however artful legally, had left seceding states unpersuaded and unreconciled. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "‘Uncivil Warriors’ Review: Lawyers at Civil War," 29 July 2018 In a poll conducted by the Staten Island Advance, 96 percent of respondents vote for the borough to secede from New York City. Jennifer Conrad, New York Times, "What Happened in New York Between 1981 and 1983," 17 Apr. 2018 For years, Griffith has maintained Calumet Township’s poor relief taxes exceed the state average Indiana law permits municipalities to secede if the poor-relief tax rate is 12 times higher than the state average. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Calumet trustee faces primary challenge from Gary councilwoman," 24 Apr. 2018 Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan since the civil war, initially between the forces of Machar and Kiir, broke out in 2013, just two years after the oil-rich region seceded from Sudan. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "South Sudan’s warring leaders meet for first time in two years in Hail Mary for peace," 21 June 2018 After a long war for independence, Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993, following the toppling of the former Marxist regime and a referendum. The Economist, "Ethiopia and Eritrea put an end to two decades of conflict," 10 July 2018 In California, the CNA seceded from the American Nurses Association—an organization led mostly by nurses working in management rather than bedside care providers, and which was often hesitant to confront hospital executives. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Nurses, Unite!," 28 June 2018 Since 2000, more than 70 communities have tried to secede — and nearly 50 have succeeded. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "North Carolina passes charter school law that critics say is intended to promote segregation," 14 June 2018 Did city school systems that seceded from their county districts end up whiter and richer, as Gardendale's would have? Trisha Powell Crain,, "Data can't prove racism cause of Alabama school system splits," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of secede

1749, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for secede

Latin secedere, from sed-, se- apart (from sed, se without) + cedere to go — more at suicide

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English Language Learners Definition of secede

: to separate from a nation or state and become independent


se·​cede | \si-ˈsēd \
seceded; seceding

Kids Definition of secede

: to end an association with an organization (as a country)

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