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
  1. verb
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
    synonyms: cede, grant, yield
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. verb
    acknowledge defeat
    “The candidate conceded after enough votes had come in to show that he would lose”
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    type of:
    give up, surrender
    give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
  3. verb
    be willing to concede
    synonyms: 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
  4. verb
    admit (to a wrongdoing)
    synonyms: confess, profess
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    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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