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Meaning of “concede” in the English Dictionary

"concede" in British English

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concedeverb

uk   us   /kənˈsiːd/
  • concede verb (ADMIT)

C2 [T] to ​admit, often ​unwillingly, that something is ​true: [+ (that)] The ​government has conceded (that) the new ​taxpolicy has been a ​disaster. [+ speech] "Well ​okay, ​perhaps I was a little hard on her," he conceded.
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[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.

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  • 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 toIndia in 1947.
(Definition of concede from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"concede" in American English

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concedeverb

 us   /kənˈsid/
to ​admit that something is ​true, or to ​allow something: [+ (that) clause] Officials concede (that) the ​plan isn’t the ​best one. If you concede in a ​competition, you ​admit that you have ​lost: [I/T] She conceded (the ​election) ​yesterday.
(Definition of concede from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"concede" in Business English

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concedeverb

uk   us   /kənˈsiːd/
[T] to ​admit that something exists or is ​true, often unwillingly: concede that The ​chairman conceded that ​shareholders had been "​impacted by the ​decline in ​marketprices". The ​insurers ultimately conceded ​liability for ​repairing the ​damage to the ​car.
[T] to give something to someone, or ​allow them to have it, especially when you are unwilling to do so: Local ​government has been ​forced to concede some of its ​authority to larger, ​regionallybased, ​units.
[I or T] to ​stop arguing, fighting, or ​competing against someone and ​admit that you have ​lost: After a recount of the ​votes, the ​candidate conceded defeat. Critics say he should have conceded ​right after the ​election.
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(Definition of concede from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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