- 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. Synonymsadmitacknowledge 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 (rather 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 (rather 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 somebody admits something, they are usually agreeing that something which is generally considered bad or wrong is true or has happened, especially when it relates to their own actions. When somebody concedes something, they are usually accepting, unwillingly, that a particular fact or statement is true or logical.confess (rather 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 Express YourselfConceding a pointWhen you want to show that the other person has convinced you with their argument, at least partially, you can concede: Yes, I suppose you're right.(especially British English) Yes, I guess you're right.(especially North American English) Yes, I see what you mean. OK, I take/see your point about the expense, but I still think it's worth it. Well, I guess you've got a point there. OK, that’s a good point. No, possibly/I guess not. I suppose not.(British English) Well, yes, OK. I hadn't really appreciated/understood that before. Well, I can’t/won’t argue with that. That’s true. We’ll need to take that into consideration.
- 2[transitive] to give something away, especially unwillingly; to allow somebody to have something concede something (to somebody) The President was obliged to concede power to the army. England conceded a goal immediately after half-time. concede somebody something Women were only conceded full voting rights in the 1950s.
- 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 Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French concéder or Latin concedere, from con-
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they concede
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːd//he / she / it concedes
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːdz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːdz//past simple conceded
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːdɪd//past participle conceded
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːdɪd//-ing form conceding
BrE BrE//kənˈsiːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsiːdɪŋ//