verb con·cede \kən-ˈsēd\

: to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something) : to admit (something) usually in an unwilling way

: to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win

: to give away (something) usually in an unwilling way


Full Definition of CONCEDE

transitive verb
:  to grant as a right or privilege
a :  to accept as true, valid, or accurate <the right of the state to tax is generally conceded>
b (1) :  to acknowledge grudgingly or hesitantly <conceded that it might be a good idea>
(2) :  to relinquish grudgingly or hesitantly <concede power>
intransitive verb
:  to make concession :  yield
con·ced·ed·ly \-ˈsē-dəd-lē\ adverb
con·ced·er noun

Examples of CONCEDE

  1. … 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

Origin of CONCEDE

French or Latin; French concéder, from Latin concedere, from com- + cedere to yield
First Known Use: 1626

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>.
CONCEDE Defined for Kids


verb con·cede \kən-ˈsēd\

Definition of CONCEDE for Kids

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


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