Cede means "to yield or grant typically by treaty." Most of the verb senses of seed are concerned with planting seeds (either literal, as of plants, or figuratively, as of ideas). However, the word may also be used to mean "to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds." If you relinquish or yield something you are ceding it, and if you are organizing the participants in a tournament you are seeding them.
a packet of sunflower seeds
He planted the seeds three inches apart.
She raked the grass seed into the soil.
The top seed won the tournament.
Our team is the number one seed.
She is ranked as the third seed. Verb
We seeded the field with corn.
These plants will seed late in the fall.
After you wash and seed the peppers you can chop them. See More
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If desired, rinse seeds, removing all of the stringy squash membrane, and pat dry.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 The type called Burgundy Bunny grows to about a foot high with dark red blades and fuzzy seed puffs.—Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Then there is Khosla Ventures, which led the seed for Instacart that same year, and then participated in the A, B, and C rounds.—Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2023 Plant –Directly sow native wildflower and meadow grass seeds before the arrival of rain.—Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Collecting seeds and cutting and stacking invasive brush will be on the agenda, organizers said.—Beacon-News Staff, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 But this year is different, with a healthy Sabally and a top-four seed looking to win its first playoff series.—Peter Warren, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2023 The West remains a three-team battle between the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, and all have a better record than the Twins, who need a surge down the stretch to gain the No. 2 seed and a bye into the ALDS.—Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Make pickling liquid: Stir together distilled water, vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper, if using, in a medium saucepan.—Melissa Gray, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023
Marine-cloud brightening would involve spraying sea salt 1,000 meters into the air to seed the formation of cloud droplets, increasing the reflectivity of low-lying clouds over some parts of the ocean.—Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 The MacArthur Foundation is leading a group of donors that have pledged $500 million to help the struggling local news industry, hoping to seed outlets that can make up for those that have closed or been hollowed out over the past two decades.—David Bauder, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023 And unlike the Netflix model that keeps originals exclusive to the same platform (Netflix) for the better part of a decade, seeding a show across multiple outlets opens up new revenue streams for a company like Paramount Global.—Vulture, 6 Sep. 2023 The Dodgers will be seeded No. 2 among the six NL playoff teams, behind the East champion Atlanta Braves and in front of the Central champion, which thanks to a spectacular skid by the Chicago Cubs is almost certain to be the Milwaukee Brewers.—Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 They are seeded second in the playoffs, with the Las Vegas Aces seeded first.—Monique Jaques Sara Ziegler, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 Over Pedowitz’s 12-year tenure, the network helped seed big series assets for CBS and Warner Bros.—Jennifer Maas, Variety, 14 Sep. 2023 Zvonareva and Siegemund were seeded 12th and had won the title in 2020.—Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 10 Sep. 2023 The timing of seeding in the spring is also frequently complicated by the need to apply preemergent weed control to the lawn.—Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English sǣd; akin to Old High German sāt seed, Old English sāwan to sow — more at sow
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)