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)

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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 Aside from the fact that Texas cannot legally secede from the United States, such a bill would also receive plenty of pushback. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas Republican state House member says he marched in D.C. before U.S. Capitol riot," 15 Jan. 2021 Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted conservative states might secede from the rest of the country. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Rush Limbaugh: 'We're trending toward secession’," 10 Dec. 2020 Randall’s work condemned the violence visited upon Baltimore during the early stages of the Civil War and encouraged Maryland to secede with states that made the enslavement of African Americans legal. Sameer Rao,, "U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin writes a possible substitute for Maryland’s Confederate-sympathizing state song," 27 Aug. 2020 Gardendale argued that race was not a factor in its plan to secede from Jefferson County Schools. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Federal judge orders Gardendale to pay $850K legal bill for black students in school district case," 25 Dec. 2019 When cities secede from county school districts, Wilson said, resources for each are diminished. Trisha Powell Crain,, "Alabama Senate debates how to make school system splits harder," 14 Feb. 2018 Though less symbolic than the leftist bastion in Emilia Romagna, a center-right win in Calabria would still be notable for Salvini, who fronts a party that once denigrated the south and called for northern Italy to secede. Alessandro Speciale,, "Italy Regions Vote in Test of Salvini Surge: Election Day Guide," 10 May 2020 Then, Lincoln was weakened further after seven Southern states seceded in protest, leading to an economic slump and a deep sense of crisis. Ted Widmer, Time, "How Lincoln Managed America's Governors to Become a Great National Leader," 17 Apr. 2020 West Virginia, born in 1863 during the Civil War, is the only state to be formed by seceding from a Confederate state. Washington Post, "WVa to Virginia county: Come join us. Virginia county: Nah," 13 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Secede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of secede

: to separate from a nation or state and become independent


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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