Meaning of “concession” in the English Dictionary

"concession" in English

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uk /kənˈseʃ.ən/ us /kənˈseʃ.ən/

concession noun (SOMETHING ALLOWED)

C2 [ C or U ] something that is allowed or given up, often in order to end a disagreement, or the act of allowing or giving this:

Both sides involved in the conflict made some concessions in yesterday's talks.
He stated firmly that no concessions will be made to the terrorists.
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[ U ] the act of admitting defeat:

The former president's concession came even before all the votes had been counted.
a concession speech

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

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us /kənˈseʃ·ən/

concession noun (SOMETHING GIVEN UP)

[ C/U ] something allowed or given up, often in order to end a disagreement, or the act of allowing or giving up something:

[ C ] Both sides involved in the talks made concessions.

[ C/U ] Concession can also be the act of admitting defeat:

[ U ] a concession speech

concession noun (SALES PLACE)

[ C ] permission to sell something, esp. in part of a store owned by someone else, or a business that sells something:

A lot of movie theater profits come from their candy concessions.

(Definition of “concession” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"concession" in Business English

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uk /kənˈseʃən/ us

[ C or U ] something that you agree to give someone or allow them to do, especially in order to end an argument or disagreement:

concession to sb As a concession to environmental groups, the energy giant agreed to scale down its coal plant expansion plans.
demand/seek concessions The administration has demanded concessions from auto workers as part of the "viability plan" it is preparing.
offer/make concessions We would be prepared to make concessions in order to reach an agreement.
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[ C ] COMMERCE a small business that is allowed to sell goods, food, or services on property owned by someone else, for example, inside an airport or a large store:

open/operate/run a concession The furniture and homeware retailer has recently opened its first concession within a garden centre.
Fans were stocking up on hamburgers and hotdogs at the concession stand.
airport/hotel/stadium concessions

[ C ] COMMERCE official permission to carry out a particular type of business, or to own or do work on a particular piece of property or land, given by a government or company:

The government plans to sell a 50-year concession to operate the southeastern rail line.
award/grant a concession We are delighted to have been awarded the concession for the development of the airport.
The mining company was granted a concession agreement to mine and market diamonds.

[ C ] mainly UK a reduction for particular groups of people in the amount of money that has to be paid for something:

give/offer concessions Many railways offer fare concessions for passengers with disabilities.
Tax concessions will be made available to non-profit organizations.

[ C ] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET the amount of money that an underwriter receives as payment when new shares are sold to the public for the first time:

Investment bankers compensate members of the selling syndicate through payment of a selling concession, which is a type of sales commission.

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

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Either that, or he is playing cat-and-mouse as he did before, and plans to agree to some concession or other at the last minute.
Any concession on this position cannot but be at the expense of farming, the equilibrium of the ecosystem and consumer health, which is why we shall abstain from the vote.
Once again, a mindset has taken hold that oddly views every concession as a victory, in reference to each increasingly damaging proposal.
However much the supporters of compromise and concession suggest this route, we cannot ignore a threat directed at us, simply by pretending that it is something else.
We proposed that this concession should be extended to our partners among the industrialised countries and the more advanced countries in the developing world.
We must abandon parochial concerns and move away from the idea of getting a fair return, whereby every single concession must be matched by a gain of equal import.
Every concession is punished.
Any fight that disregards these priorities would represent an unjustifiable concession to barbarity and an unacceptable rejection of the values of our civilisation.
No-one will mourn the final shipwreck of a text that went from concession to surrender, ending up as little more than the shadow of a common policy.

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