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 Since 2000, 73 communities have successfully seceded from their school districts, according to EdBuild, a nonprofit focused on public education funding. Sophie Kasakove, The New Republic, "The School Secession Movement Is Growing. That’s Bad News for Integration.," 15 Oct. 2019 Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after a war that ended with NATO forcing a withdrawal of Serb troops from the land dominated by pro-independence ethnic Albanians., "Kosovo’s election winner signals tough stance toward Serbia - The Boston Globe," 8 Oct. 2019 Transnistria seceded from Moldova only in the early 1990s in a war of independence led by pro-Russian separatists, and the Jewish population of both places shares common languages and history. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Transnistria looks like a Soviet state frozen in time," 20 Sep. 2019 More than half a million Indian soldiers are stationed in Kashmir to counter a rebellion that seeks to secede from India, and there are near-daily demonstrations against Indian control. Washington Post, "Redrawn map may set off more change in Indian-ruled Kashmir," 7 Aug. 2019 In the past two decades, dozens of affluent, mostly white communities have tried to secede from diverse school districts to form their own. John Eligon,, "Busing worked, so why is Louisville getting more segregated?," 28 July 2019 In the Louisiana county's case, the town of St. George in the East Baton Rouge Parish is trying to secede and form a new school district, following three other communities that have split off. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The new face of racial segregation: School "secession"," 5 Sep. 2019 Of course the day probably is coming when all California universities — and everyone else, somewhere down the road — will secede from the NCAA. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Paying college athletes would shortchange smaller programs," 10 Aug. 2019 With her gone, the calls for Scotland to secede from the U.K. may increase. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Why the Resignation of a Key Scottish Leader Is a Sign the U.K. Could Break Apart Over Brexit," 29 Aug. 2019

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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 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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