Angela’s ABCs: Latin is Alive and Well and Living in English by Angela Caldin

The Latin verb cedere means to go away, to withdraw, to yield, to grant, to surrender possession. From this derives the English verb to cede: Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867. After a lively debate, she finally ceded the point to her opponent. By the addition of prefixes also derived from Latin, the verb to cede has acquired various offspring: To recede meaning to go backwards: His hairline receded over the years. It was many days before the floodwaters began to recede. To accede meaning to give one’s consent or… Read More