Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1630s, from French céder or directly from Latin cedere "to yield, give place; to give up some right or property," originally "to go from, proceed, leave," from Proto-Italic *kesd-o- "to go away, avoid," from PIE root *sed- (2) "to go, yield" (cognates: Sanskrit sedhati "to drive; chase away;" Avestan apa-had- "turn aside, step aside;" Greek hodos "way," hodites "wanderer, wayfarer;" Old Church Slavonic chodu "a walking, going," choditi "to go"). Related: Ceded; ceding. The sense evolution in Latin is via the notion of "to go away, withdraw, give ground."
The Collaborative International Dictionary
cede \cede\ (s[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. ceded; p. pr. & vb. n. ceding.] [L. cedere to withdraw, yield; akin to cadere to fall, and to E. chance; cf. F. c['e]der.] To yield or surrender; to give up; to resign; as, to cede a fortress, a province, or country, to another nation, by treaty.
The people must cede to the government some of their
vb. (context transitive English) To give up, give way, give away.
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Usage examples of "cede".
Belgium, however, now refused to accede to the arrangement, by resolving not to cede Luxembourg.
Also a Proclamation, soon to sound And swell the pulse of the Peninsula, Declaring that the act by which King Carlos And his son Prince Fernando cede the throne To whomsoever Napoleon may appoint, Being an act of cheatery, not of choice, Unfetters us from our allegiant oath.
There we ceded our Kingdom of Ulaid to Aonghas, Regulus of the Western Isles, and received them back as a feoff, so he now is our overlord and, we think, too tough a nut for even the High King to contemplate cracking without losing more teeth than he can easily afford to lose.
To be missing from a meeting is to have ceded your place within the charmed circle, to run the risk of falling out of fashion, as serious a fate for the ambitious researcher as for the would-be member of the glitterati who misses a party in London, Paris or New York.
It was for moments like this that Pinch kept the Gur around, ceding battle command to him.
The advocate had previously ceded her to a wealthy Jew who, after giving her splendid diamonds, left her also.
It ended however, by their ceding to De Maupassant, and the title of the operetta was changed to Miss Helyett.
After many squawkings, orations, protests and uses of veto, an area of eighty square miles just south of Padang in Sumatra was finally ceded as a Rosk base.
In the case of the states and provinces--except Lombardy, ceded to France by Austria, and sold to the Sardinian king--annexed to Piedmont to form the new kingdom of Italy, the plebiscitum was invalid, because implying the right of the people to rebel against the legal authority, and to break the unity and individuality of the state of which they form an integral part.
A few years later, however, it ruled that the lease to a city, for use as a market, of a portion of an area which had been ceded to the United States for a particular purpose, suspended the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States.
In a companion case, the Court ruled further that even if a general State statute purports to cede exclusive jurisdiction, such jurisdiction does not pass unless the United States accepts it.
France and as payment on account of reparation, Germany cedes to France full ownership of the coal mines of the Saar Basin with their subsidiaries, accessories, and facilities.
Duke of Brittany, his kinsman, and other lands and seigneurial rights he ceded to the Bishop of Nantes, and to the chapter of the cathedral in that city.
In 1892, the Court upheld the jurisdiction of the United States to try a person charged with murder on a military reservation, over the objection that the State had ceded jurisdiction only over such portions of the area as were used for military purposes, and that the particular place on which the murder was committed was used solely for farming.
If more proof were needed of his astuteness, once he had become master of Mino, he had not ceded a single inch of land to his enemies.