Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To go back; recede.
  • transitive v. To cede or give back (a territory, for example); return.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To grant back.
  • v. To go back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To go back.
  • transitive v. To cede or grant back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go back; recede; retire; give place. Blount, Glossographia.
  • To cede or grant back; restore to the former possession or control: as, to retrocede territory.

Etymologies

Latin retrōcēdere : retrō-, retro- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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