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concede

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of concede

  1. 1 to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly she grudgingly conceded his point Synonyms of concede acknowledge, agree, allow, admit, confess, fess (up), grant, own (up to)Words Related to concede disburden, unburden, unload; affirm, avow, confirm, profess; accept, recognize, yield; announce, break, broadcast, communicate, declare, disclose, divulge, impart, proclaim, publish, reveal, spill, tell, unveil; betray, blab, expose, give away, inform, leak, rat, squeal, talk, tattle, tip (off), warn, wise (up); breathe, say, whisperNear Antonyms of concede disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown; contradict, dispute, gainsay, negate, negative; rebut, refute, reject, repudiate; conceal, cover (up), hide, obscure, veil; kid (oneself)Antonyms of concede deny

  2. 2 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control) he conceded as soon as it became clear that he could not win Synonyms of concede blink, bow, budge, capitulate, yield, give in, knuckle under, quit, relent, submit, succumb, surrenderWords Related to concede acquiesce; deferNear Antonyms of concede contend, fight, hold off; battle, breast, combat, confront, counter, defy, face, meet, object, oppose, repel; thwart, withstandAntonyms of concede resist

Synonym Discussion of concede

grant, concede, vouchsafe, accord, award mean to give as a favor or a right. grant implies giving to a claimant or petitioner something that could be withheld.
    • granted them a new hearing
concede implies yielding something reluctantly in response to a rightful or compelling claim.
    • even her critics concede she can be charming
vouchsafe implies granting something as a courtesy or an act of gracious condescension.
    • vouchsafed the secret to only a few chosen disciples
accord implies giving to another what is due or proper.
    • accorded all the honors befitting a head of state
award implies giving what is deserved or merited usually after a careful weighing of pertinent factors.
    • awarded the company a huge defense contract

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