concede

verb
con·​cede | \ kən-ˈsēd How to pronounce concede (audio) \
conceded; conceding

Essential Meaning of concede

1 : to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something) : to admit (something) usually in an unwilling way I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon. When she noted that the economy was actually improving, he grudgingly/reluctantly conceded the point. [=he admitted that she was right] See More Examples"Your plan might work," she conceded, "but I still think mine is better." It is generally conceded [=acknowledged, agreed] that they are the superior team. [=most people agree that they are the superior team]Hide
2 : to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede. He's not ready to concede the election. They were forced to concede defeat. [=to admit that they were defeated]
3 : to give away (something) usually in an unwilling way The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government. The company says that workers are not conceding enough in negotiations.

Full Definition of concede

transitive verb

1a(1) : to acknowledge grudgingly or hesitantly conceded that it might be a good idea
(2) : to relinquish grudgingly or hesitantly concede power
b : to accept as true, valid, or accurate The right of the state to tax is generally conceded.
2 : to grant as a right or privilege Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.

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Other Words from concede

concededly \ kən-​ˈsē-​dəd-​lē How to pronounce concede (audio) \ adverb
conceder noun

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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

Politics and Concede

After the votes have been counted, one candidate traditionally concedes the election to his or her opponent by giving a concession speech. If you're lucky, your boss will concede that she was wrong the last time she criticized you. But in the middle of an argument, we're not all so good at conceding that the other guy might have a good point.

Examples of concede in a Sentence

… he conceded that with six kids, something like this was bound to happen. At least one of them had to be a bad egg. — Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005 … it was generally conceded that Caepio, if and when tried for treason under the present system, would be acquitted. — Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, (1990) 1991 … after listening to Tom, he conceded that there were some conspicuous advantages about a life of crime, and so he consented to be a pirate. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, 1876 I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon. “Your plan might work,” she conceded, “but I still think mine is better.” Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede. He's not ready to concede the election. The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government. The company says that workers are not conceding enough in negotiations.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ellen Demuth, another conservative lawmaker, warned Mr. Laschet that his refusal to concede was hurting his party further. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 There’s a combination of self-righteousness and entitlement, and an absolute refusal to concede to mistakes or errors, much less fraud. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 Trump's refusal to concede set the stage for the events of January 6 -- a fact that apparently wasn't lost on former President George W. Bush, who last weekend drew a parallel between the Capitol rioters and the 9/11 attackers. Richard Galant, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat in the 2010 election led to months of clashes between their supporters that left more than 3,000 people dead. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 House Republicans have vowed to concede any standalone debt ceiling measure and demanded Democrats add it to the social spending bill, which some House Democrats conceded to Forbes may end up being what happens. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 While most fans were prepared to partially concede the field to the wildly popular Ted Lasso, or even the never-ending colonial triumph of The Crown, the optics were deeply disappointing. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2021 Trump refused to concede and offered false claims that the election had been stolen. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021 While Trump continued to insist the election was stolen, the authors reveal that behind the scenes, many top Republicans, including members of his own Cabinet, tried to reason with him to concede. Jamie Gangel, Jeremy Herb And Elizabeth Stuart, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of concede

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for concede

French or Latin; French concéder, from Latin concedere, from com- + cedere to yield

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“Concede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concede. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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concede

verb
con·​cede | \ kən-ˈsēd How to pronounce concede (audio) \
conceded; conceding

Kids Definition of concede

1 : to admit to be true The candidate had to concede defeat.
2 : to grant or yield usually unwillingly Britain conceded the independence of the colonies.

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