surrender


surrender

verb

Definition of SURRENDER

1
to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress <the toddler surrendered the doll to her mother after a brief struggle> <the commander surrendered the garrison without having fired a single shot>
Near Antonyms keep, retain, withhold
2
to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control) <the father refused to surrender to his son's constant begging for a BB gun>
Related Words acquiesce; defer
Antonyms resist
3
to give up (as a position of authority) formally <the aging queen refused to surrender the throne to her increasingly impatient heir>
4
to give up and cease resistance (as to a liking, temptation, or habit) <determined to give up smoking, she so far has not surrendered to her incessant desire to have a cigarette>
Synonyms bow, cave (in), give in, submit, succumb, surrender
Related Words cater (to), gratify, indulge, wallow; acquiesce (to), concede (to); buckle (under), knuckle under; give over (to)
Antonyms hold off, resist
5
to yield to the control or power of enemy forces <General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, thus ending the Civil War>
Related Words bow, buckle, cave (in), collapse, give (in); hand over, relinquish; lose; concede, fail, fold
Antonyms endure, stand
6
to give (oneself) over to something especially unrestrainedly <laid-off workers who surrender themselves to despair will almost certainly never regain their footing>
Near Antonyms abstain (from), eschew, forbear, forgo (also forego), refrain (from); check, inhibit, restrain
Antonyms deny

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