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 Though the state didn't formally move to secede with the Confederacy, slavery was legal in Maryland ahead of the Civil War, and a good deal of the population supported secession. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Maryland moves to repeal its state song, a pro-Confederate anthem that urges violence and calls Lincoln a 'despot'," 30 Mar. 2021 The state did not secede from the Union, in part because federal authorities put a halt to a special session of the legislature in the summer of 1861, arresting pro-Confederate lawmakers. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland’s pro-Confederate state song is close to being ditched, after repeated tries," 18 Mar. 2021 Just fifteen years after annexation, Texas once more declared its intent to secede – this time, as part of yet another would-be slave empire. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "An Honest History of Texas Begins and Ends With White Supremacy," 12 Mar. 2021 League of the South has called for the South to secede from the United States, including leasing billboards along interstates – including in Montgomery – in 2014. Paul Gattis |, al, "Alabama-based League of the South has Twitter account suspended," 2 Mar. 2021 If the Texas legislature voted to secede tomorrow, there is zero chance that a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president would support its departure. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Regret To Inform You That Republicans are Talking About Secession Again," 22 Jan. 2021 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

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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 2021

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“Secede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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