Secede meaning

sĭ-sēd
To withdraw formally from membership in a state, union, or other political entity.
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Secede is to separate or formally withdraw from a group or community.

When the South wanted to leave the Union prior to the Civil War, this is an example of a situation where the South tried to secede.

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To withdraw formally from membership in, or association with, a group, organization, etc., esp. a political group.
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(intransitive) To split from or to withdraw from membership of a political union, an alliance or an organisation.
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(uncommon) To split or to withdraw one or more constituent entities from membership of a political union, an alliance or an organisation.
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Origin of secede

  • Latin sēcēdere to withdraw sē- apart s(w)e- in Indo-European roots cēdere to go ked- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin secedere, from se- ("apart") + cedere (“to go").

    From Wiktionary