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cede Syllabification: cede

Definition of cede in English:


[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.
surrender, concede, relinquish, yield, part with, give up;
hand over, deliver up, give over, make over, transfer;
literary forsake


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

  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with cede

accede, bead, Bede, bleed, breed, concede, creed, deed, Eid, exceed, feed, Gide, God speed, greed, he'd, heed, impede, interbreed, intercede, Jamshid, knead, lead, mead, Mede, meed, misdeed, mislead, misread, need, plead, proceed, read, rede, reed, Reid, retrocede, screed, secede, seed, she'd, speed, stampede, steed, succeed, supersede, Swede, tweed, weak-kneed, we'd, weed
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