Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To surrender possession of, especially by treaty. synonym: relinquish.
  • transitive verb To yield; grant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To yield; give way; submit.
  • To pass; be transferred; lapse.
  • 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.
  • To yield; grant. [Rare.]
  • To transfer, deliver, convey, grant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To yield or surrender; to give up; to resign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To give up, give way, give away.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb relinquish possession or control over
  • verb give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another

Etymologies

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

[French céder, from Old French, from Latin cēdere; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old French ceder, from Latin cedō ("to yield"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱiesdʰ- (“to drive away; to go away”).

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