Definition of concede in English:



  • 1reporting verb Admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it.

    with clause ‘I had to concede that I'd overreacted’
    with object ‘that principle now seems to have been conceded’
    • ‘It is true that Mr Dayman conceded that he was not actually in the case in March 1996, and that he was not able to give direct evidence on the point.’
    • ‘As Mr Threlfall readily concedes and accepts, you understand that this is going to result in a custodial sentence.’
    • ‘Hirsch concedes as ‘self-evidently true’ the notion that one cannot know for certain the author's intended meaning.’
    • ‘Wheen notes that ‘some scholars have assumed that Marx simply invented the story’ but concedes that ‘it may be true.’’
    • ‘When the allegations were put to McKellar, he denied them while conceding that complaints had been made.’
    • ‘I concede that is probably true with respect to most gorillas and most men.’
    • ‘It is true, I concede, that the whole world seems to be in love with Gabriel Garcia Marquez.’
    • ‘Close colleagues of Wark's now concede that she accepts the holiday with McConnell was a ‘regrettable error of judgment’.’
    • ‘This is clear to see on page 41 of the originating judgment where the trial judge relied on that alibi which Mr Smith now concedes is not true.’
    • ‘The remaining 27 didn't necessarily agree with the tough new approach but did concede that environmental tobacco smoke was a serious issue.’
    • ‘Yet again Gilbert concedes what he elsewhere denies.’
    • ‘He conceded the council accepted that maintenance work at the landfill was a likely contributory cause.’
    • ‘It is true, as I concede in the essay, that money is fungible.’
    • ‘‘That's true,’ she conceded, and they walked together towards the the bedroom.’
    • ‘All parties, including the government and the suppliers conceded the evidence as true.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democrats have already conceded that they cannot deny him a further term in office.’
    • ‘But Salmond appeared to concede that he had overreacted in his response to the PCC.’
    • ‘He could see, however, that Erin didn't agree and conceded that, compared to New York, Sheridan was nothing.’
    • ‘Janice agreed, and Kate conceded the argument.’
    • ‘It was true, they conceded, that many people in Brecon went elsewhere for some of their shopping.’
    admit, acknowledge, accept, allow, grant, recognize, own, confess
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    1. 1.1with object Admit (defeat) in a contest.
      ‘he conceded defeat’
      • ‘But why are so many of us so ready to concede defeat?’
      • ‘And how often can you remember Bill Gates conceding defeat to little Apple?’
      • ‘The Conservatives were confident of victory but the line of red votes inched out in front and Miss Ellison conceded defeat graciously.’
      • ‘Their attackers had conceded defeat too promptly.’
      • ‘In the end Aunt Louise conceded defeat and left Tallulah to her own devices.’
      • ‘From the beginning Killarney were eager to gain revenge on St. Declan's for a defeat they conceded to us two years ago.’
      • ‘The people of Stromness conceded defeat this week at a second public meeting about the proposed ferry access walkway.’
      • ‘On July 2, Thailand conceded defeat to currency speculators and let the baht float against the dollar.’
      • ‘Senate Majority Leader John Hottinger conceded defeat to Governor Tim Pawlenty this afternoon.’
      • ‘Although markets were jittery during the day as votes in the key state of Ohio were counted, stocks were buoyed after Mr Kerry conceded defeat.’
      • ‘Finally, Graham conceded defeat after a few futile moments of trying to reach the memory that was dancing on the very edges of his mind.’
      • ‘As much as I hated to concede defeat, I opened the door and asked, ‘Anyone have any ideas?’’
      • ‘Alex Barr, soon-to-be one of three head honchos of an even-bigger Big Partnership, has conceded defeat on another front.’
      • ‘Her choice was the bedroom of a tiny studio apartment half a mile from campus, and there she emerged the winner, though it was well past midnight before Jack conceded defeat.’
      • ‘He wrote Ted Kennedy's famous speech at the 1980 Democratic convention when Kennedy conceded defeat to Jimmy Carter.’
      • ‘Milosevic lost the elections, but even two weeks later, he still refused to concede defeat.’
      • ‘Now the taxman has conceded defeat after accepting that the organisation is run by volunteers - even though it does employ some staff.’
      • ‘However, Kilmovee conceded defeat and bowed out of the competition.’
      • ‘However, Dolan has conceded defeat in trying to lure fellow loan ranger Peter Hawkins in a permanent move from relegated Wimbledon to Bootham Crescent’
      • ‘The advertising industry has conceded defeat in its battle to ward off statutory regulation of children's advertising.’
      capitulate, give in, surrender, yield, give up the struggle, cave in, submit, raise the white flag, show the white flag, lay down one's arms
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    2. 1.2with object Admit defeat in (a contest)
      ‘ready to concede the gold medal’
      • ‘These stars have nothing to lose and are far from conceding races to the Chasers.’
      • ‘I think it's time to concede the race and throw my support behind other weblogs.’
      • ‘Bradford conceded Saturday's match to their Yorkshire rivals, being unable to raise a team for the fixture.’
      • ‘A moment later he told members of his campaign that he was ready to concede the election to Bush, which he did several minutes later over the telephone.’
      • ‘Dewsbury conceded their match against Tadcaster Ladies I just before half-time when a player sustained an injury that needed hospital treatment.’
      • ‘A break of 57 proves decisive and Hendry concedes the match.’
      • ‘The American also conceded the match on the last green to save his opponent's torture being prolonged.’
      • ‘Explain to me why you conceded the contest even as we entered this wretched place.’
      • ‘A mass pitch invasion by hundreds of Pakistani fans left a steward badly injured, and forced a team to concede a match for the first time in the history of cricket.’
      • ‘Green attempted to cover the injury without success so conceded the match which had been dominated by Hill from the start.’
      • ‘With three ends to go they led 23-13 and won the next end after which their opponents conceded the match.’
      • ‘Many in the party seemed helpless before the Republican success, ready to concede the 2004 election.’
      • ‘A spokesman says Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed yesterday, the day her husband and John Kerry conceded the presidential race.’
      • ‘Although Mackay won the ninth there was no way back and she conceded the match and the women's championship at the 14th.’
      • ‘Fisher was, in fact, due to compete in the qualifying tournament for the men's competition, but was forced to concede her match after getting stuck in traffic in Harrogate.’
      • ‘He might as well concede the election right now, or simply drop out and let President Bush run against just Ralph Nader.’
      • ‘Europe started the day 10-8 behind and suffered an early blow when Thomas Bjorn was forced to concede his match against Paul Casey because of a neck injury.’
      • ‘It took only minutes before Karae was ready to concede the equestrianship title to Yelan.’
      • ‘But in the absence of any evidence, Thune took the high road and conceded the race.’
      • ‘Before his hand touched the table, though, he smacked the surface with his other hand, indicating that he conceded the match.’
  • 2with object Surrender or yield (something that one possesses)

    ‘to concede all the territory he'd won’
    • ‘I'm not ready to concede any black folk to the right just yet.’
    • ‘But Anderlecht were an increasing danger, going forward down both flanks and profiting from Liverpool conceding possession.’
    • ‘Pressure from Robbie Casey forced two Glenavon players to concede possession and John Martin was on hand to latch on to the loose ball.’
    • ‘The home keeper showed immense bravery in just 4 minutes when he dived at the feet of Andy Clark after Derek Clark had carelessly conceded possession.’
    • ‘Ireland didn't help their cause by conceding a large percentage of their own lineout possession.’
    • ‘Does he think charging around needlessly conceding possession and struggling uselessly to win it back is the way forward?’
    • ‘Not all periods of the game are of equal tactical significance, and the ability to play through the dying minutes without panic, and without conceding possession and position is a vital one.’
    • ‘Consider that Carlow conceded possession 26 times in that opening half to Westmeath's 14 errors.’
    • ‘He was among those blamed for the ease with which possession was conceded in the first leg.’
    • ‘In practical terms this means that we stop conceding territory to the enemy.’
    • ‘But other types of companies aren't ready to concede their turf without a fight.’
    • ‘Having conceded a lot of possession around the middle of the park in the opening 35 minutes, Down made changes and Dan Gordon made his way out the field.’
    • ‘We went forward and then conceded possession in midfield and that gave them their third.’
    • ‘Instead, the aim seems to be to concede possession and prevent other teams using it with any creativity before hitting that quick ball forward.’
    • ‘This is the biggest threat to Rangers because PSG will concede a lot of territory in the hope that one or two decent chances fall Anelka's way.’
    • ‘If the union wants more money it has to be ready to concede ground.’
    • ‘Tunisia had strung a quintet across midfield, conceded territory and possession but bit on the counter and led in the eighth minute.’
    • ‘The old formation had conceded territory but it had produced the two best chances of the game, both from the head of Kewell.’
    • ‘They thought he should be reined in and should concede territory to his colleagues to ensure Fine Gael dominance in Mayo.’
    • ‘Possession was often conceded and both sides missed kickable penalties which could have conferred a clear advantage in what was a very tight match.’
    surrender, yield, give up, relinquish, cede, hand over, turn over, part with, deliver up
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    1. 2.1 Grant (a right, privilege, or demand)
      ‘their rights to redress of grievances were conceded once more’
      • ‘Hence religion has conceded preferential rights to the mother and has enjoined upon the believers to treat their mothers with special consideration.’
      • ‘But the biggest present was a letter on the fax from Jack McConnell conceding her demand for an independent inquiry into the shambles of the Holyrood building.’
      • ‘The fact is that to concede a right of this nature would have ruptured Marx's vision of a communist harmony.’
      • ‘Religious authorities never concede rights to their followers.’
      • ‘If Cork demands are conceded, and other counties follow suit, then it would be reasonable to suggest that there will be many players constantly taking time off to train and play.’
      • ‘Even when an individual right was conceded, the amendment was proclaimed a useless anachronism.’
      • ‘Someone ready to concede individual rights for greater safety.’
      • ‘Dundas, created Viscount Melville in 1802, put severe pressure on liberals while conceding some radical demands.’
      • ‘Without the army, the imperial government lost its nerve and conceded the radicals' demands.’
      • ‘At one point, we wait for 10 minutes to cross a road, conceding right of way to five aircraft as they taxi and take off just metres away.’
      • ‘Morrisons conceded the unions' demand for national negotiation.’
      • ‘‘Naturally,’ replies Sir Humphrey, thus tacitly conceding the demand not to reveal his predecessor's mistakes.’
      • ‘Qualified privilege was conceded from the outset.’
      • ‘The Sikhs had to agitate for nearly 15 years until their demand was conceded in 1966.’
      • ‘Britain retained their loyalty and affection by progressively conceding their demands for greater freedom and autonomy over a period of more than a century.’
      • ‘Even imperial powers that were determined to retain their empires found themselves having to concede demands for independence.’
      • ‘Party spokesmen were shouted down, since they refused to concede these demands.’
      • ‘In South Africa this year a ruling class which had always denied the vote to the great majority of the population was forced to concede universal suffrage at one blow.’
      • ‘The VHP had decided to launch an agitation to get its demand conceded by the Central government.’
      • ‘When the employer broadly conceded these demands there was nothing left to fight over.’
    2. 2.2 (in sports) fail to prevent the scoring of (a goal or point) by an opponent.
      ‘the coach conceded three safeties rather than kick into the wind’
      • ‘Briscoe makes a good block to deny McKenna and concede his team's first corner of the night’
      • ‘Blackburn once again converted but again Vale couldn't hold their lead and just five minutes later they lost possession at an untidy scrum and conceded a converted try.’
      • ‘The situation at the break, 1-0 ahead, was familiar to Kendal but in their three previous matches they had failed to score, conceded goals and lost.’
      • ‘While their local rivals were scoring seven goals, York RI were on their way to conceding that amount in their 7-2 defeat by Ossett Common Rovers.’
      • ‘A strong defensive partnership between Ellie Hargreaves and Annabel Graham at the back prevented any goals being conceded during the morning.’
      • ‘The only disappointment for the Villagers was the fact they conceded a controversial converted try late on to deny them a prized clean sheet.’
      • ‘The Wallabies budget for conceding about one try a game, with Muggleton admitting it was exceptional to keep the opposition tryless.’
      • ‘Since 1999, when Australia won the World Cup by conceding only one try, it has become the accepted wisdom that defence wins big matches and trophies.’
      • ‘They were back in the lead when Naas conceded a penalty right under the posts for going over the top; Flood obliging.’
      • ‘It left Tadcaster a mountain to climb after the interval but to their credit they tried to make a contest of it and did well to concede only one more in the last 35 minutes.’
      • ‘Saval's defence was mainly to blame for this defeat after conceding three soft goals.’
      • ‘The visitors were denied when they conceded another free-kick minutes from time. The ball struck the post but the Colne attackers were quicker to react and the winner was stabbed in.’
      • ‘A PENALTY conceded in the last minute denied Kendal a point on a blustery afternoon in Yorkshire.’
      • ‘In the final minutes York might have taken the lead, but their line-out composure deserted them and, without possession, they conceded penalties which drove them back.’
      • ‘With a costly European defeat and nine goals conceded in two games, Strachan is already under the cosh with his first Old Firm derby looming.’
      • ‘57 mins: Bramble dives in on Neuville and concedes a free-kick right on the edge of the Newcastle penalty area.’
      • ‘York came out for the second half with fervour and threatened to sweep North away but they fell victim to losing possession and conceding penalties.’
      • ‘He comes down from the clouds clutching his prize, only to be foiled, bottled up, either losing possession or conceding a free for over-holding.’
      • ‘While they don't concede goals frivolously, getting the ball in the net has become something of a luxury.’
      • ‘Nicholas English readily admitted his team conceded a couple of soft goals and said it showed the value of Brendan Cummins to the team.’
    3. 2.3 Allow (a lead or advantage) to slip.
      ‘he took an early lead that he never conceded’
      • ‘Neither Pislar nor Knittel conceded and the two raced the full 2000 metres with Knittel finally getting the better of Pislar.’
      • ‘He saw his players were downhearted after conceding the lead to draw against Sweden and immediately spoke to them in the dressing room to underline his optimism that they can still top their group.’
      • ‘Johnson being the sole dedicated striker allowed Williamson to stretch Celtic's back three without conceding any numerical advantage to them in the centre of the field.’
      • ‘A Shafiq Khan century enabled Haryana to bounce back from 166 for six to 285 at Rohtak, thereby conceding a lead of only 13 runs.’
      • ‘With competition between the various institutions now razor keen, I would have imagined that none of them would want to concede advantage to the other.’
      • ‘Birr had the type of start which Clarinbridge needed, particularly when they had conceded the wind advantage after losing the toss.’
      • ‘India slumped to 285 all out, conceding a lead of 156 runs.’
      • ‘In the end, Adam conceded the race lead to Ollie knowing fourth or above would secure an overall victory.’
      • ‘Five minutes later, Scottish hearts sank as they conceded the lead for the first time with what turned out to be the winning goal from a penalty corner.’
      • ‘The coach agreed that India had conceded the momentum to the hosts by their defeat in the second Test in Lahore.’
      • ‘We conceded the lead in a close finish and ended up losing the game.’
      • ‘The Bulls conceded their points-difference advantage at the head of the standings to St Helens, who beat Halifax 40-on Friday.’
      • ‘Comer will concede a height advantage on Wednesday as they have done all year.’
      • ‘In the final, when nerves were getting the better of Pakistan, as they conceded the lead for the first time in the tourney, the skipper again came to the rescue to equalise.’
      • ‘They looked the sharper and more inventive side as Instonians appeared to lose momentum after conceding their early lead.’
      • ‘The Briton found his stride in the second set, going 3-clear and rarely looking like conceding his advantage.’
      • ‘The Sylvestrians who were reeling at 19 for 4 overnight, batted through to 134, conceding a lead of 125.’
      • ‘He had never been good at talking of his emotions, conceding psychological advantage to his confessor.’
      • ‘True, his jangled nerves played tricks with his game in the final round yesterday when he conceded the lead to fellow Antipodean, Michael Campbell.’
      • ‘Yet after a first half in which Jim Telfer's men looked overawed by the English and conceded the advantage, they began to claw their way back into the game.’


Late 15th century: from French concéder or Latin concedere, from con- ‘completely’ + cedere ‘yield’.