To cede is to give up or surrender land, position, or authority. "She reluctantly ceded the coveted position as the baby of the family to her brother when he was born. She would not, however, cede her bedroom to him."

Cede is a word often used in discussing diplomatic issues. It is more commonly used in reference to actual physical things, like geographic areas or objects, but can also be used in reference to attitudes or opinions. "The rebels ceded territory after the siege failed." "Dad tried but finally ceded control and let me have my own Facebook account."

Definitions of cede

v give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another

concede, grant, yield
Type of:
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v relinquish possession or control over

deliver, give up, surrender
yield up
surrender, as a result of pressure or force
give up for a price or reward
sign away, sign over
formally assign ownership of
Type of:
gift, give, present
give as a present; make a gift of

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