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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Cede


CEDE, verb transitive

1. To yield; to surrender; to give up; to resign; as to cede a fortress, a province or country, by treaty. This word is appropriately used to denote the relinquishment of a conquered city, fortress, or territory, to the former sovereign or proprietor.

2. To relinquish and grant; as, to cede all claims to a disputed right or territory.

The people must cede to the government some of their natural rights.