Definition of secede in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Withdraw formally from membership of a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization.

    ‘the kingdom of Belgium seceded from the Netherlands in 1830’
    • ‘What was Abraham Lincoln's answer to Southerners who voted democratically to secede?’
    • ‘In 1991, Germany gave Croatia and Slovenia the green light to secede from the Yugoslav federation; civil war soon followed.’
    • ‘The North might have chosen the path of virtuous isolationism, letting the South secede and becoming an egalitarian social democracy.’
    • ‘Four out of the six provinces on the island of Madagascar have declared their intention to secede and form an independent entity.’
    • ‘Once these republics seceded, however, the legal status of minorities, such as the Serbs in Croatia, was undermined.’
    • ‘Guatemala seceded from the resulting federation of the United Provinces of Central America in 1839.’
    • ‘The electorate votes on whether to secede from an existing nation and claim its independence for the entire world to see.’
    • ‘The state legislature was soon to convene, with some of its members seeking to have the state secede from t he Union.’
    • ‘When the state of Mississippi seceded, he withdrew from the Senate.’
    • ‘Many of the planets were run by makeshift despotic governments that intended to secede from the Republic.’
    • ‘If the South seceded, the European superpowers would have cooked, carved and devoured the weakened American eagle.’
    • ‘The Southern ruling class seceded from the US in early 1861 to defend a social system built on the backs of destitute slaves.’
    • ‘Sections of the army mutinied and the mineral rich province of Katanga seceded.’
    • ‘Before he had even taken the oath of office, several Southern states had seceded.’
    • ‘The chiefs, however, are now split along regional lines - with chiefs from western provinces threatening to secede.’
    • ‘If the Union is truly indestructible, then states cannot secede even if the national government is willing to let them go.’
    • ‘The only way to prevent this would be to secede from the Union.’
    • ‘He has dramatically warned that if he is impeached a number of provinces will secede from Indonesia.’
    • ‘If Vermont or Southern California were to secede, a lot of us would join them.’
    • ‘Conversely, a claim of a right to secede from a repressive dictatorship may be regarded as legitimate.’
    withdraw from, break away from, break with, separate from, separate oneself from, sever relations with, leave, quit, split with, split off from, disaffiliate from, defect from, resign from, pull out of, drop out of, have nothing more to do with, turn one's back on, repudiate, reject, renounce, desert
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/səˈsēd/ /səˈsid/


Early 18th century from Latin secedere, from se- ‘apart’ + cedere ‘go’.