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"concede" in British English

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

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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   /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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