Definition of cede in English:



[with object]
  • Give up (power or territory)

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