If you concede something, you admit that it is true, proper, or certain — usually in an unwilling way and often in the context of a competition, as in "At midnight, the candidate finally conceded defeat."

In its most common senses, a near synonym of concede is acknowledge — if your mom is pointing out that you need sleep before the test, you should concede the truth of what she's saying. But another meaning of concede is to give away or grant something, as when an unpopular leader is unwilling to concede power. Concede is from Latin concēdere, from the prefix com-, "completely," plus cēdere, "to go along, grant, yield." The corresponding noun is concession.

Definitions of concede

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

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

v acknowledge defeat

“The candidate conceded after enough votes had come in to show that he would lose”
Type of:
give up, surrender
give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another

v be willing to concede

grant, yield
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stop blaming or grant forgiveness
condone, excuse
excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
absolve, free, justify
excuse or free from blame
absolve, shrive
grant remission of a sin to
grant a pardon to
excuse, pardon
accept an excuse for
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agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

v admit (to a wrongdoing)

confess, profess
fess up, make a clean breast of, own up
admit or acknowledge a wrongdoing or error
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acknowledge, admit
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

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