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 Many international leaders had similar fears when the Soviet Union collapsed, including former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, who traveled to Ukraine in 1991 to try to stop the country from seceding from Russia. Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Foreign Affairs, 12 Oct. 2022 Fifteen years later, the Confederacy seceded as well, and a bloody civil war shortly followed. Laura Bullard, Vox, 14 May 2024 Rising water across cities have caused officials to temporarily close roads, and officials have urged residents to remain off the streets until the water secedes. Solcyré Burga, TIME, 13 June 2024 Texas and California — strange political bedfellows, which is doubtless the point — have seceded, forming the Western Alliance. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for secede 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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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