se·​cede | \ si-ˈsēd How to pronounce secede (audio) \
seceded; seceding

Definition of secede

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from secede

seceder noun

Examples of secede in a Sentence

South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, one tiny region at the farthest edge of the continent is trying to secede from its home country and join Russia. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2022 Maryland, a border state during the secession crisis, was Southern-leaning but ultimately did not secede. Tamela Baker,, 1 Mar. 2022 This concern is echoed in the fact that 35% of respondents anticipate a second civil war during their lifetimes, and 25% believe that at least one state will secede. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2022 Anchorage voters won’t see an advisory vote on whether Eagle River should secede from the municipality on the upcoming April ballot. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Jan. 2022 An increase in violent crime has spurred a movement in Atlanta’s wealthiest and whitest neighborhood, Buckhead, to push harder to secede and create a new city with its own police force. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 One speaker was an older man who compared the resolution to the decades-old State of Jefferson movement, which calls for California’s rural, conservative northern counties to secede and form their own state. Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 The former favors staying part of the United Kingdom, while the latter wants to secede and reunify with the independent Republic of Ireland, which remains an EU member state. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 In 1956, people in six northern California counties declared their intention to secede and create the state of Shasta, which would allow gambling and end income and sales tax, a kind of forested Nevada. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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5 Apr 2022

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“Secede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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se·​cede | \ si-ˈsēd How to pronounce secede (audio) \
seceded; seceding

Kids Definition of secede

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

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