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[seed] /sid/
verb (used with object), ceded, ceding.
to yield or formally surrender to another:
to cede territory.
Origin of cede
1625-35; < Latin cēdere to go, yield
Related forms
ceder, noun
unceded, adjective
Can be confused
cede, concede, secede, seed.
relinquish, abandon; grant, transfer, convey. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cede
  • Lore has it that its unusual location was chosen by citizens frustrated by the powerful bishopric's reluctance to cede them land.
  • Or they could simply refuse to cede control for cash at all, rejecting the program entirely.
  • He has said that he is not prepared to cede any sovereignty to the centre.
  • Now he used his seniority to urge the junior co-pilot to cede the right seat ahead of the scheduled crew change.
  • Another view is that people will gladly cede some of their privacy for the chance to beat a traffic jam.
  • But within the privacy of the prisons they had to cede ground.
  • Trio was willing to cede complete control of the network.
  • She didn't even cede ground to her husband's evangelical supporters.
  • Investors who seek long-term gains may be happy to cede control if they think the boss is a genius.
  • Both bubbles of optimism burst because the junta was unwilling to cede any real power.
British Dictionary definitions for cede


when intr, often foll by to. to transfer, make over, or surrender (something, esp territory or legal rights): the lands were ceded by treaty
(transitive) to allow or concede (a point in an argument, etc)
Derived Forms
ceder, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cēdere to yield, give way
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Word Origin and History for cede

1630s, from French céder or directly from Latin cedere "to yield, give place; to give up some right or property," originally "to go from, proceed, leave," from Proto-Italic *kesd-o- "to go away, avoid," from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield" (cf. Sanskrit sedhati "to drive; chase away;" Avestan apa-had- "turn aside, step aside;" Greek hodos "way," hodites "wanderer, wayfarer;" Old Church Slavonic chodu "a walking, going," choditi "to go"). Related: Ceded; ceding. The sense evolution in Latin is via the notion of "to go away, withdraw, give ground."

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