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concede

verb uk   /kənˈsiːd/ us  

concede verb (ADMIT)

C2 [T] to admit, often unwillingly, that something is true: [+ (that)] The government has conceded (that) the new tax policy has been a disaster. [+ speech] "Well okay, perhaps I was a little hard on her," he conceded.
See also
Admitting and confessing
[I or T] to admit that you have lost in a competition: He kept on arguing and wouldn't concede defeat. She conceded even before all the votes had been counted.Admitting and confessingLosing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport

concede verb (GIVE AWAY)

C2 [T] to allow someone to have something, even if you do not want to: The president is not expected to concede these reforms. He is not willing to concede any of his power/authority. Britain conceded (= allowed) independence to India in 1947.Accepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
concede a goal/point to fail to stop an opposing team or person from winning a point or game: The team conceded two goals (to the other side) in the first five minutes of the game.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeatedLosing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport
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