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Examples of capitulate in a Sentence
The country still refuses to capitulate despite its weakening army and dwindling resources.
The teacher refused to capitulate: no calculators were to be used during the exam.
Recent Examples of capitulate from the Web
For two weeks, a Syrian military juggernaut has borne down on rebels bunkered in the country’s south, leaving them with a grim choice: capitulate or face annihilation.
The band vamped while Beyonce initially appeared reluctant to descend via the ladder -- understandable considering her towering heels -- but eventually capitulated.
Hanna-Attisha goes further, railing against decades of officials in the U.S. and beyond disregarding public health, capitulating to industry, and ignoring the plight of poor, minority communities.
One of them is to capitulate to the notion that attention is capital and currency: something that is, quite literally, paid to you in return for your attempts to earn it.
The president warned that he was prepared to hit China with an additional $200 billion in import taxes unless Beijing capitulates.
The president warned he was prepared to hit China with an additional $200 billion in import taxes unless Beijing capitulates.
The Gaza authorities eventually capitulated, removing the child’s name from a list of people killed by Israeli troops.
Nationwide, after administrators have capitulated to disruptive student activists, colleges have lost the support of donors, alumni, parents and prospective students.
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Did You Know?
Capitulate and its synonyms "yield," "submit," and "succumb" all mean to give way to someone or something, with a few slight differences in emphasis. "Yield" may apply to any sort or degree of bowing to force, debate, or pleading ("yields too easily in any argument"). "Submit" suggests surrender, after resistance, to the will or control of another ("a sinner submitting to the will of God"). "Succumb" imputes weakness and helplessness to the person giving in, or an overwhelming power to the opposition ("succumbing to temptation"). "Capitulate" stresses the termination of all resistance and may imply either a coming to terms, as with an adversary, or hopelessness before an irresistible opposing force ("officials capitulated to the demands").
say uncle, throw in the towel (also throw in the sponge);
Synonym Discussion of capitulate
- yields too easily in any argument
- a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God
- officials capitulated to the protesters' demands
- a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood
- finally relented and let the children stay up late
- I defer to your expertise in these matters
CAPITULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of capitulate for English Language Learners
: to stop fighting an enemy or opponent : to admit that an enemy or opponent has won
: to stop trying to fight or resist something : to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing
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