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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
Plus, Liverpool has already capitulated when holding a 3-0 lead in Champions League this season, and that came in a single match against Sevilla (although that was before Virgil Van Dijk was signed to stabilize the defense).
The publications capitulated, retracting, apologizing and paying up big bucks.
The old Soviet establishment that still ran Russian ice hockey with absolute power refused to capitulate so easily.
Should Israel abandon policy and capitulate, or mount a rescue?
Opposition figures in Ethiopia’s extensive diaspora claimed that the government capitulated in the face of popular pressure.
The Dow Jones industrial average nosedived more than 300 points in early trading Monday before recouping much of its losses by mid-morning then capitulating another 200 points in the early afternoon.
Previously bearish equity investors have capitulated and newly jittery bondholders have reallocated — and understandably so.
Harris is kinder to Chamberlain than many historians are, portraying him as an intelligent man desperate to avoid war, not merely a hapless politician who capitulated to evil.
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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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