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concede

verb uk   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.
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.
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