from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To surrender possession of, especially by treaty. See Synonyms at relinquish.
  • transitive v. To yield; grant: The debater refused to cede the point to her opponent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give up, give way, give away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To yield or surrender; to give up; to resign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To yield; give way; submit.
  • To pass; be transferred; lapse.
  • To yield or formally resign and surrender to another; relinquish and transfer; give up; make over: as, to cede a fortress, province, or country by treaty.
  • To yield; grant. [Rare.]
  • To transfer, deliver, convey, grant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


French céder, from Old French, from Latin cēdere; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French ceder, from Latin cedō ("to yield"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱiesdʰ- (“to drive away; to go away”). (Wiktionary)



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