Definition of cede in English:


Syllabification: cede
Pronunciation: /sēd


[with object]
  • Give up (power or territory): they have had to cede control of the schools to the government
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    • 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; abandon, forgo, sacrifice
    literary forsake


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

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