|concede /kənˈsi:d/ verb|
inflected forms: concedes; conceded; conceding
1 [with object] : to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something) : to admit (something) usually in an unwilling way • I concede that the work has been slow so far, but it should speed up soon. • When she noted that the economy was actually improving, he grudgingly/reluctantly conceded the point. [=he admitted that she was right] • "Your plan might work," sheconceded, "but I still think mine is better." • It is generallyconceded [=acknowledged, agreed] that they are the superior team. [=most people agree that they are the superior team]
2 : to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win [no object] • Although it seems clear that he has lost the election, he still refuses to concede. [with object] • He’s not ready to concedethe election. • They were forced to concede defeat. [=to admit that they were defeated]
3 [with object] : to give away (something) usually in an unwilling way • The former ruler was forced to concede power to a new government. • The company says that workers are not concedingenough in negotiations.
4 [with object] sports : to allow an opponent to score (a point, goal, etc.) • The team has not conceded [=allowed] a goal this half.