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cede

[seed] /sid/
verb (used with object), ceded, ceding.
1.
to yield or formally surrender to another:
to cede territory.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin cēdere to go, yield
Related forms
ceder, noun
unceded, adjective
Can be confused
cede, concede, secede, seed.
Synonyms
relinquish, abandon; grant, transfer, convey.
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  • 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

cede

/siːd/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by to. to transfer, make over, or surrender (something, esp territory or legal rights): the lands were ceded by treaty
2.
(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
v.

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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