Definition of cede in English:



  • Give up (power or territory):

    ‘in 1874, the islands were ceded to Britain’
    • ‘The cost to them of maintaining their corrupt authoritarian rule and ceding territory to neighbors will be high.’
    • ‘No wars were fought and no territory was ceded in the opening of the country to western influences.’
    • ‘However, even this is proving hugely controversial with many reluctant to cede power to a centralised Pacific body.’
    • ‘American mainstream politics and press coverage has ceded the terrain of conviction to the right wing.’
    • ‘When Clare joins the revolutionaries, she cedes her grandmother's land to the group, thus relinquishing part of the basis of her privilege.’
    • ‘In the eyes of euro-sceptics we have conceded enough power to European institutions already without ceding control of our economy too.’
    • ‘They complain of having to cede their disciplinary power over inmates to mental health clinicians.’
    • ‘One challenge is that the courts are being asked to cede some power.’
    • ‘After some toing and froing, the right of the King to grant Monopolies was ceded to Parliament.’
    • ‘In 1921 the territory was ceded to Poland, of which it continued to form part until 1939.’
    • ‘In the case of monetary policy the executive ceded power to the Bank, in matters of military policy it should cede power to parliament.’
    • ‘Remember that you're not looking for someone to whom you'll cede decision-making power.’
    • ‘Reluctance on the part of smaller states to cede power to larger ones gained weight with the destruction of the pact.’
    • ‘Turkeys never vote for Christmas, and sporting governing bodies never cede power without a fight.’
    • ‘No government cedes its power willingly, so it is likely that Canberra's interference, however purportedly reform-minded the agenda, will continue.’
    • ‘Leave aside the implications for self-government of effectively ceding such powers to Brussels.’
    • ‘Whether power is ceded formally or not, an elected body will quite properly carry the moral authority to insist on its opinions being listened to.’
    • ‘It is clear, however, that commanders on the ground are reluctant to cede power to a foreign force.’
    • ‘If we extend it one more year, they'll have no choice but to cede lands to us in payment.’
    • ‘We are defending the country by ceding our own powers of self-defense to a set of managers external to ourselves.’
    surrender, concede, relinquish, yield, part with, give up
    hand over, deliver up, turn over, give over, make over, transfer, bequeath, grant, remit, renounce, resign, abandon, forgo, sacrifice, waive
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Early 16th century: from French céder or Latin cedere to yield.