Meaning of “concede” in the English Dictionary

"concede" in English

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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.
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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 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.

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

"concede" in American English

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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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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.
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(Definition of “concede” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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