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[si-seed] /sɪˈsid/
verb (used without object), seceded, seceding.
to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.
1695-1705; < Latin sēcēdere to withdraw. See se-, cede
Related forms
seceder, noun
unseceded, adjective
unseceding, adjective
Can be confused
cede, concede, secede, seed. Unabridged
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  • Even seceding half-heartedly, it seems, can have benefits.
  • Then there is to be a referendum in which southerners will be offered the choice of staying or seceding.
  • In addition, some wealthy suburbs are also seeking to cut property taxes by seceding to less expensive nearby counties.
British Dictionary definitions for seceding


(intransitive) often foll by from. (of a person, section, etc) to make a formal withdrawal of membership, as from a political alliance, church, organization, etc
Derived Forms
seceder, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin sēcēdere to withdraw, from sē- apart + cēdere to go
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Word Origin and History for seceding



1702, "to leave one's companions," from Latin secedere "go away, withdraw, separate; rebel, revolt" (see secession). Sense of "to withdraw from a political or religious alliance of union" is recorded from 1755, originally especially in reference to the Church of Scotland. Related: Seceded; seceding; seceder.

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