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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
Schneiderman, a prominent #MeToo supporter, capitulated quickly after fellow Democrats in New York, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, called for his resignation.
The impeachment draft comes even as other House Republicans have cooled their tensions with Rosenstein, who has largely capitulated to lawmakers' demands.
The justifications for the payments are often shaky—for instance, record labels and 1960s musicians sued Pandora over and over to pay an unprecedented royalty on pre-1972 recordings (essentially new money for old rope) until the company capitulated.
Although the Smithsonian’s hierarchy did not capitulate, a disclaimer was posted on the exterior of that Museum.
That, in turn, raises another familiar question: is Mr Rubio repudiating Mr Trump or capitulating to him?
Armenia’s unpopular prime minister stepped down Monday after more than a week of growing demonstrations, capitulating to protesters in a country firmly allied with former Soviet master Moscow.
Monaco capitulated and trailed 3-0 after 47 minutes.
Instead of capitulating to Mitchell's demands, the teenager went to a school resource officer, which led to the Boynton Beach police taking up the case.
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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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