concede Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “concede” in the English Dictionary

"concede" in British English

See all translations

concedeverb

uk   /kənˈsiːd/ us   /kənˈsiːd/
  • 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
[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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"concede" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

concedeverb

uk   /kənˈsiːd/ us  
[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 market prices". 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, regionally based, 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.
See also
(Definition of concede from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of concede?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“concede” in British English

“concede” in Business English

Watching the detectorists
Watching the detectorists
by ,
May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

Read More 

Word of the Day

pollution

damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More