• WordNet 3.6
    • v cede relinquish possession or control over "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
    • v cede give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t cede sēd 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 natural rights."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cede To yield; give way; submit.
    • cede To pass; be transferred; lapse.
    • cede 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.
    • cede To yield; grant. [Rare.]
    • cede To transfer, deliver, convey, grant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cede sēd to yield or give up to another
    • v.i Cede to give way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cedere, to withdraw, yield; akin to cadere, to fall, and to E. chance,; cf. F. céder,


In literature:

Spain, with whom England had been at war, at the same time ceded East and West Florida to the English Crown.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
The boundary of the ceded territory was unsettled.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
I can hardly cede to Owen the privilege of being your only son.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Berar was ceded to the Padishah; Amurath retired from Ahmadnagar.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
He accepted the terms, and the King of Denmark was compelled, by force of arms, to cede Norway to Sweden.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
On October 20, Spain ratified the treaty ceding Florida.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Strasbourg, originally a German town, was ceded to Louis XIV.
"Eric" by Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
Nay, more, for Turkey cedes to England the fruitful and strategic island of Cyprus.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
The island was ceded by China to Great Britain in 1842, after the conclusion of the opium war.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Spain wishes to possess herself of Gibraltar and of the Floridas; can she now hope that these will be ceded to her?
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Canada, Franklin suggests that it should be ceded to the United States, 9, 14.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
The same year, ceding to the entreaties of Marguerite, Philip consented to withdraw the Spanish troops.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
The district was ceded to the Company in 1801 by the wazirs of Lucknow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
The Ionian Islands were ceded by Great Britain to Greece in 1864.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
In 1801 the nawab of Oudh ceded it to the Company in commutation of the subsidy money.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The Colony of Labuan, ceded to England in return for assistance against pirates.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
Lombardy was ceded to Sardinia, though Austria was allowed to keep Venetia and the fortress of Mantua.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
The Transvaal was to be ceded to the Boers under a German Protectorate.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
True, also, my sovereign has ceded it again to France.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
Chief of these were Acadia, Newfoundland, and the Hudson's Bay Territory, all of which were now ceded to England.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan

In poetry:

For winning love we win the risk of losing,
And losing love is as one's life were riven;
It cuts like contumely and keen ill-using
To cede what was superfluously given.
"Revulsion" by Thomas Hardy
THE fair Lucretia seemed so firmly bent,
To father Timothy at length they went,
Who preached the lady such a fine discourse,
She ceded more through penitence than force.
"The Mandrake" by Jean de La Fontaine
The day is turning ghost,
And scuttles from the kalendar in fits and furtively,
To join the anonymous host
Of those that throng oblivion; ceding his place, maybe,
To one of like degree.
"A Commonplace Day" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Some inmates say prison officials are ceding control to gang leaders to save money on staffing.
A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter.
Re: Lon Matejczyk's article "We might as well cede to Pueblo" Mr Matejczyk's statements are completely wrong, starting with "What is Colorado Springs economic development budget".
Random House Cedes Some Digital Rights to Styron Heirs.
Une 12 marks the 108th anniversary of the Philippines being ceded by Spain to US control and is a national holiday in that country.
Red Sox Cede Division Title.
Soon-to-be Pats HOFer Bledsoe put team on the map, then gracefully ceded to Brady.
ECOWAS, a West Africa n regional group, reimposes sanctions and considers military intervention after Mali's coup leaders renege on promise to cede power to civilian rulers.
The title wasn't ceded to the Hoosiers on the basis of.
Anglo Platinum to Cede Control of Zimbabwe Mine.
This time around, Boehner has stronger hold on his caucus, and Obama is ceding less ground.
Constable cedes office to successor.
With Obama ceding the state to Mitt Romney, Carmona's battle with Flake is Arizona's marquee matchup.
For a short-term win on this ideological issue, President Obama may well cede most everything else…So, that Obama 'victory'.
After spending two weeks evacuating refugees from the area ceded to Russia, I returned to Paris early in April.

In science:

In both types of quenched randomness, the first-order transitions cede under increased randomness.
Strongly Asymmetric Tricriticality of Quenched Random-Field Systems