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cede

Syllabification: cede
Pronunciation: /sēd
 
/

Definition of cede in English:

verb

[with object]
Give up (power or territory): they have had to cede control of the schools to the government
More example sentences
  • We are defending the country by ceding our own powers of self-defense to a set of managers external to ourselves.
  • Leave aside the implications for self-government of effectively ceding such powers to Brussels.
  • No government cedes its power willingly, so it is likely that Canberra's interference, however purportedly reform-minded the agenda, will continue.
Synonyms
surrender, concede, relinquish, yield, part with, give up;
hand over, deliver up, give over, make over, transfer;
literary forsake

Origin

early 16th century: from French céder or Latin cedere 'to yield'.

More
  • Cede is from French céder or Latin cedere ‘to yield, give way, go’. Cedere is a rich source of English words including abscess (mid 16th century) ‘going away’ (of the infection when it bursts); access [Middle English] ‘go to’; ancestor (Middle English) someone who went ante ‘before’; antecedent (Late Middle English) from the same base as ancestor; cease (Middle English); concede (Late Middle English) to give way completely; decease (Middle English) ‘go away’; exceed (Late Middle English) to go beyond a boundary; intercede (late 16th century) go between; predecessor (Late Middle English) one who went away before; proceed (Late Middle English) to go forward; recede (Late Middle English) ‘go back’; and succeed (Late Middle English) ‘come close after’.

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