Word forms: concedes
If you concede something, you admit, often unwillingly, that it is true or correct. [V that] ⇒ Bess finally conceded that Nancy was right. [V with quote] ⇒ 'Well,' he conceded, 'I do sometimes mumble a bit.' [V n] ⇒ Mr. Chapman conceded the need for Nomura's U.S. unit to improve its trading skills. [Also V n n]
2. verb If you concede something to someone, you allow them to have it as a right or privilege. [V n] ⇒ The government conceded the right to establish independent trade unions. [V n + to] ⇒ Facing total defeat in Vietnam, the French subsequently conceded full independence to Laos. [Also V n n] 3. verb If you concede something, you give it to the person who has been trying to get it from you. [V n] ⇒ A strike by some ten thousand bank employees has ended after the government conceded some of their demands. 4. verb In sport, if you concede goals or points, you are unable to prevent your opponent from scoring them. [British] [V n + to] ⇒ They conceded four goals to Leeds United. [V n] ⇒ Luton conceded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.regional note: in AM, use give up 5. verb If you concede a game, contest, or argument, you end it by admitting that you can no longer win. [V n + to] ⇒ Reiner, 56, has all but conceded the race to his rival. [V n] ⇒ Alain Prost finished third and virtually conceded the world championship. 6. verb If you concede defeat, you accept that you have lost a struggle. [V n] ⇒ Airtours conceded defeat in its attempt to take control of holiday industry rival Owners Abroad. [V n] ⇒ He happily conceded the election.
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