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

intransitive verb

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

Examples of secede in a Sentence

South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1860.
Recent Examples on the Web The first trailer suggests that 19 states have seceded from the Union, and that Nick Offerman is president. Ew Staff,, 5 Jan. 2024 Confederate was envisioned as an alternative-timeline drama in which the South has successfully seceded from the Union, slavery is still legal, and a new Civil War looms. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2024 For someone talking so openly about seceding from the country, Abbott also is putting in place component parts of his profile to lead it. TIME, 1 Feb. 2024 Her own state’s history Her state of South Carolina was the first to secede after Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2024 In one moment, a news reporter announces over the radio that 19 states have seceded. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec. 2023 Going forward, any member agencies that want to separate from a county water authority will need the approval of voters within the entire regional district, rather than only those who live within the boundaries of seceding districts. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 The Emancipation Proclamation was only for the states that seceded—and Maryland remained a part of the Union. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 The employee allegedly recruited Gupta in May to help orchestrate the assassination of the unnamed victim who prosecutors say is a U.S. citizen originally from India who had publicly called for some or all of Punjab to secede from India and establish a Sikh sovereign state called Khalistan. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 29 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of secede was in 1749

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“Secede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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se·​cede si-ˈsēd How to pronounce secede (audio)
seceded; seceding
: to withdraw from an organization (as a nation, church, or political party)

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