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[seed] /sid/
verb (used with object), ceded, ceding.
to yield or formally surrender to another:
to cede territory.
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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  • Every one of them eventually ceded the stage to the lesser-knowns.
  • As a result, they've long ceded many of their best writers and editors to publishing or magazines.
  • We've ceded our public space to the private vehicle, and we're all paying the price.
  • Instead she has ceded the limelight to five on-air deputies, each of whom speaks to and for a specific demographic.
  • Dell has ceded market share rather than engage in price wars that would pinch margins.
  • He had ceded a command which could not now be reclaimed.
  • Reinsurance is ceded on a yearly renewable term and coinsurance basis, mostly under pooling arrangements.
  • Certain revenues and expenses are ceded to the reinsurer.
British Dictionary definitions for ceded


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 ceded



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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