Definition of concession in English:



  • 1A thing that is granted, especially in response to demands; a thing conceded.

    ‘the strikers returned to work having won some concessions’
    • ‘Alexander II found that relaxation and reform led not to contentment but to increasing demands for concessions which he had never been prepared to grant.’
    • ‘The concession came in response to Chancellor Gordon Brown's belief that the pact fails to take account of borrowing and investment over a five to six-year cycle.’
    • ‘More immediately, he could have demanded visible concessions from the President benefiting from his hospitality last week.’
    • ‘Somebody needs to pick up the baton here and, you know, without kind of waiting for a consensus or without demanding concessions.’
    • ‘He would demand concessions and these Stalin could negotiate over; but Hitler's real strategy would be to move against the Middle East.’
    • ‘The DUP will question the document he gave them to study, just as Gerry Adams quizzed him about it last week, for evidence of the concessions they have demanded.’
    • ‘Pollock uses the prominent slashes of Blue Poles to reintroduce the conventional notion of figure and ground into his work, but without making any concession to traditional concepts of perspective.’
    • ‘They say he has once again failed to win concessions from communist China that could have saved U.S. jobs and strengthened national security.’
    • ‘Second, the ‘world’ will now demand new concessions of Israel.’
    • ‘Frances Kelly says that inch by inch, the access lobby groups have demanded and received concessions, particularly in New South Wales.’
    • ‘And yet neither Kofi Annan nor the European diplomatic corps has thought to demand further concessions.’
    • ‘The council has already made significant concessions in response to the trade unions' original proposals.’
    • ‘Those parties lose nothing if there is an election so can demand greater concessions and throw tantrums with much less provocation.’
    • ‘But while he furiously resists significant concessions to their demands, even Blair is showing signs of compromise.’
    • ‘In this way, the company is hoping to appease its older workers, drive a wedge between older and newer workers, and thus win the concessions it is demanding.’
    • ‘However, in a series of manoeuvres, government whips agreed to his demands for two undisclosed concessions to benefit his constituency.’
    • ‘They advance again and again to demand and seize more concessions, more demands on the way of life of others.’
    • ‘Under this pact the government made some concessions to Tamil demands, including the devolution of power to the provinces.’
    • ‘Preparations should begin to widen the industrial action until all of the employers' demands for give-backs and concessions are dropped.’
    • ‘Since then, the union leadership has capitulated to DaimlerChrysler's demands for wage concessions and other give-backs.’
    • ‘With this threat to sales looming, Safeway, Albertsons, and Kroger demanded major concessions from their employees in order to cut costs.’
    • ‘Muji's only concession to the festive season is that Pinlights become available in white or berry colours for indoor use.’
    compromise, adjustment, modification
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    1. 1.1The action of conceding, granting, or yielding something.
      • ‘The mother pact on concession for the country's first private funded airport alone took over two years to come through.’
      • ‘Can he do things that would require compromise and concession?’
      • ‘To the absolutist mindset, breeching a principle is the same as abandoning it, and therefore any concession to differing views amounts to total surrender.’
      • ‘Fine Gael spokesperson on agriculture, Deputy Billy Timmins, called on Mr Ahern to give some concession to farmers in order to encourage them to sign up to the agreement.’
      • ‘The whole thing smacks of concession to political pressure. [Strange Canadian spellings in original - Ed.]’
      • ‘A Corona and one adverb of resignation - or is it concession?’
      • ‘While Bush officials openly sue for peace, they continue to equate any kind of concession with ‘blackmail.’’
      • ‘And all regard compromise and concession, at least over matters of principle, as weakness, because they are.’
      • ‘Since education is a matter of national interest, the bus operators also should bear a part of the social cost of students' concession.’
      • ‘Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession.’
      • ‘This could eventually result in the privatization and concession of the respective sectors.’
      • ‘They proposed that the law should stipulate that a concession on an airport must not become subject to monopolisation, and therefore only parts of the airport should be granted on concession.’
      • ‘It makes no concession for the size of the museum or the fact that many are run by volunteers - the criteria are the same however large or small.’
      • ‘Compromise and concession can be difficult for the appellant and the court had many concerns about his veracity.’
      • ‘It is proposed to grant rail concession to persons suffering with severe or moderate haemophilia disease when they travel for treatment/check up in the recognized hospitals.’
      • ‘Voters approved the treaty, with special concession for Denmark, in a second referendum, in May 1993.’
      • ‘Well, the good news is a few weeks ago they were talking about it being the main source of law, so there has been some concession there, which the Iraqi women leaders have been fighting for.’
      admission, acknowledgement, acceptance, recognition, confession
      surrender, yielding, giving up, ceding, relinquishment, sacrifice, handover
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    2. 1.2A gesture, especially a token one, made in recognition of a demand or prevailing standard.
      ‘her only concession to fashion was her ornate silver ring’
      • ‘Such a concession to the confessional system by the Sunni Board members failed to heal the wounds of 10 April.’
      • ‘She has, reluctantly, made one concession to time.’
      • ‘Dividing Lines makes few concessions to the casual reader.’
      • ‘They also recognise the sensible concessions made to the haulage industry.’
      • ‘He's not making a concession to Wall Street; he's just being realistic.’
      • ‘This article is a densely argued piece with few concessions to the lay reader.’
      • ‘Once again the offence establishes a wholly objective standard, with no concession to those who are merely learning to drive.’
      • ‘The safety car's one concession to alerting the turbo-charged 400-horsepower cars hurtling towards it was the blinking of its hazard warning lights.’
      • ‘The addition of the software has been viewed as a concession to copyright holders.’
      • ‘The IAMB was supposed to supervise the CPA's control and expenditure of Iraq's oil wealth, but for months the US resisted making any concessions to the body.’
      • ‘This is the only concession I make towards recognising that the festival exists at all.’
      • ‘It would be a gesture of embargo, a concession to the politics of ostracism.’
      • ‘Scotland's one concession to pure skill has been flyweight fullback Chris Paterson, although his constant shuffle around the houses suggests they are still unsure how best to use him.’
  • 2A preferential allowance or rate given by an organization.

    ‘tax concessions’
    • ‘We are glad to see that Evesham Town Council is making an effort to obtain concessions from the railway companies which, if granted, will be of great benefit to the burgesses.’
    • ‘If you don't you will not be entitled to other benefits such as travel concessions and heating allowance etc.’
    • ‘Group rates and concessions are available and school groups are free.’
    • ‘Not incidentally, the availability of common information also precluded secret price concessions.’
    • ‘Why is the Church, which is classed as a charitable organisation and therefore in receipt of tax concessions, not making the effort to find permanent housing for the nominally Christian homeless?’
    • ‘The cuts and concessions in the price of fuel are, she says, counter-productive at a time when the country should be looking for ways of getting freight off the roads if global warming is to be tackled.’
    • ‘Under the public distribution scheme, it then transports, again with price concessions, food across this region.’
    • ‘For example, changes in exchange rates and market conditions would result in Ford New Zealand requesting Mazda in Japan for a price concession.’
    • ‘On the agenda will be the recent council tax increases and proposed reductions in travel concessions.’
    • ‘Thus, when price concessions are so stringent, quality has to suffer.’
    • ‘Housing loans, car loans and education loans would also be sanctioned at huge concessions in interest rates and hassle-free documentation.’
    • ‘Parents of children attending five Newbridge schools are calling on the council to allow them special parking concession while they drop their children to school and pick them up again.’
    • ‘The document pledges to start inspections of all institutions and to review all disability allowances and concessions during 2002.’
    • ‘Corporations can now move production to take advantage of cheaper labour costs, lower tax rates and other government concessions.’
    • ‘The OEMs have great bargaining power and attempt to wrest price concessions from their suppliers.’
    • ‘So, like Lopez, Ford pushed for price concessions.’
    • ‘Part of the blame for raising unrealistic expectations must be shared by the media that had gone to the extent of predicting the change in slabs of income tax rates and many other concessions.’
    • ‘Riding schools don't receive the rates concessions accorded to agriculture, but employment changes such as the working time directive and minimum wage have increased outlay.’
    • ‘Weekend reports suggested that one concession involved raising the threshold at which repayment would begin from £15,000 to £20,000.’
    • ‘In 2007 tax concessions for commuters will be slashed and the tax-free allowance for both married and single persons will be cut.’
  • 3The right to use land or other property for a specified purpose, granted by a government, company, or other controlling body.

    ‘new logging concessions’
    • ‘Urban housing is a measure of status, since most urban land concessions are granted to people in government and administration and to their relatives and clients.’
    • ‘Several local governments started issuing forest concession licenses since the implementation of regional autonomy last year as part of efforts to boost their revenues.’
    • ‘In response, the company said his action was without proper legal foundation and that it was not necessary to obtain a concession from the minister.’
    • ‘On April 8, the Cabinet granted a 35-year concession to a Danish company, Copenhagen Airports.’
    • ‘Plantations obtain initial concessions spanning 35 years, which can be extended for another 25 years.’
    • ‘The desire to control mining concessions by the use of proxy forces also appears to motivate the Rwandan government.’
    • ‘The requirement for a concession could affect the control necessary to protect both the natural environment and the experience of that environment for the people who go there.’
    • ‘In 1952, the Iranians stopped renewing the Russian concession, and took control of their own production.’
    • ‘The current Privatisation Act says that no concession may be extended without specifically applying for a related tender.’
    • ‘One solution is for the government to grant an operating concession for a particular project to the private sector.’
    • ‘In 1933 Standard Oil of California obtained a concession from the founder of modern-day Saudi Arabia King Abd Al-Aziz Ibn Saud.’
    • ‘After the war, Taylor rewarded his old friend by granting him logging concessions on the Liberian border with neighbouring Ivory Coast, through which much of his timber is moved.’
    • ‘The last solution consists of the concession of exclusive property rights to new knowledge creators.’
    • ‘They were empowered to raise taxes, grant mineral and land concessions and issue currency.’
    • ‘The Baka and Bantu people have lived here for generations, eking out a living by growing crops, working in the logging concessions, and hunting and gathering in the forest.’
    • ‘In 1933, a year after the kingdom was declared, the first American oil concession was granted.’
    • ‘There are now hundreds of logging concessions in the region.’
    • ‘Engineering and management consultant Mott MacDonald, is partially interested in obtaining a concession for the two airports, Laden said.’
    • ‘The goal was to give rural communities a stake in long-term forest health by granting them logging concessions.’
    • ‘Nasi said properly managed logging concessions can help to preserve rain forest biodiversity in other areas.’
    right, privilege, favour
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    1. 3.1A commercial operation within the premises of a larger concern, typically selling refreshments.
      ‘operates the concessions at the stadium’
      [as modifier] ‘public restrooms and concession stands’
      • ‘At the current arena the Rockets play, Alexander has no control over the concessions and receives no money from the sale of hot dogs and other items.’
      • ‘Because his family had a key to the arena as the operators of the concessions stand, Hamhuis on some nights would drill pucks around the old hangar until 3 in the morning.’
      • ‘Another factor, though, is the fact that the Musee is a privately held concession, not a non-profit.’
      • ‘It has 136 stand-alone stores, and four concessions within Scottish Power outlets.’
      • ‘It said that, under a consortium name of Tirta Ciparen Permai, its total investment during the 25 year concession would amount to over 250 million euros.’
      • ‘Income generated by taxes, takeoff and landing fees, and concessions will likely be far below last year's $511 million.’
      • ‘Sneakers operates the two sports-theme restaurants in Jacksonville as well as concession stands at Alltel Stadium.’
      • ‘Worldwide, they are in the process of either acquiring resources, concessions or companies that control these resources and concessions.’
      • ‘Debenhams does not have any of the concessions within the store which Allders has.’
      • ‘The character, Colin, works in the Blackpool branch of Time, which is a concession within the Office World store.’
      • ‘In addition to these store closures, the eight remaining Time concessions within Office World stores will shut in September.’
      • ‘A free shuttle circulates around the race track, stopping at all of the concession stands and souvenir shops.’
      • ‘Exum Mountain Guides is a private corporation that holds the longest unbroken climbing concession in any American national park.’
      • ‘Gymboree has three outlets in Dublin, including one on Grafton Street, one in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and a concession in the Arnotts department store.’
      • ‘The Galaxy hope to make the bulk of their money through greater control of concessions and parking revenue and its 43 luxury suites.’
      • ‘You control the food concessions, T-shirt and skateboard shops, and the prices of food and merchandise within.’
      • ‘Turf Catering also operates the concession stands at Keeneland Race Course’
      • ‘The Airport Authority envisages a 10-year concession for the 12 hectare site, which is earmarked for a business centre in the long-term.’
      • ‘Time currently runs 60 concessions within Powerhouse stores but plans to quit them all.’
      • ‘The stores being shut seem to be the high overhead stand alone outlets, with Time's concessions within Powerhouse being OK.’
      store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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    2. 3.2Canadian A piece of land into which surveyed land is divided, itself further divided into lots.
      • ‘The "seigneur" granted parcels of land (concessions) on his seigneury to tenants called "censitaires."’
      • ‘Lines and Concessions created blocks of 1000 acres each, which divided into five settler lots each of 200 acres, though at the fourth concession the irregular Lake front created lots of various sizes.’


Late Middle English: from Latin concessio(n-), from the verb concedere (see concede).