- To cede is to give up or surrender power or territory.
An example of cede is when an army backs up from a territory that they had previously claimed, giving it to the enemy.
transitive verbceded, ceding
- to give up one's rights in; surrender formally
- to transfer the title or ownership of
Origin of cedeFrench céder ; from Classical Latin cedere, to yield, origin, originally , to go, leave ; from an unverified form ce-, directive particle (; from Indo-European an unverified form e-, this one, here) + an unverified form sed-; akin to sedere, sit
transitive verbced·ed, ced·ing, cedes
- To surrender possession of, especially by treaty. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- To yield; grant: The debater refused to cede the point to her opponent.
Origin of cedeFrench céder, from Old French, from Latin cēdere; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present cedes, present participle ceding, simple past and past participle ceded)
- To give up, give way, give away.
- Edward decided to cede the province.
cede - Legal Definition