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Definition of concede verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they concede
    he / she / it concedes
    past simple conceded
    -ing form conceding
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  1. 1[transitive] to admit that something is true, logical, etc. + speech “Not bad,” she conceded grudgingly. concede (that)… He was forced to concede (that) there might be difficulties. concede something I had to concede the logic of this. concede something to somebody He reluctantly conceded the point to me. concede somebody something He reluctantly conceded me the point. it is conceded that… It must be conceded that different judges have different approaches to these cases. Thesaurusadmitacknowledge recognize concede confessThese words all mean to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true.admit to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true:It was a stupid thing to do, I admit.acknowledge (somewhat formal) to accept that something exists, is true, or has happened:She refuses to acknowledge the need for reform.recognize to admit or be aware that something exists or is true:They recognized the need to take the problem seriously.concede (somewhat formal) to admit, often unwillingly, that something is true or logical:He was forced to concede that there might be difficulties.admit or concede?When someone admits something, they are usually agreeing that something that is generally considered bad or wrong is true or has happened, especially when it relates to their own actions. When someone concedes something, they are usually accepting, unwillingly, that a particular fact or statement is true or logical.confess (somewhat formal) to admit something that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about:She was reluctant to confess her ignorance.Patterns to admit/acknowledge/recognize/concede/confess that .. to admit/confess to something to admit/concede/confess something to somebody to admit/acknowledge/recognize the truth to admit/confess your mistakes/ignorance
  2. 2[transitive] to give something away, especially unwillingly; to allow someone to have something concede something (to somebody) The president was obliged to concede power to the army. The Packers conceded a field goal immediately after halftime. concede somebody something Women were only conceded full voting rights in 1920.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] concede (defeat) to admit that you have lost a game, an election, etc. After losing this decisive battle, the general was forced to concede. Injury forced Hicks to concede defeat. see also concession
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