self-sur·​ren·​der ˌself-sə-ˈren-dər How to pronounce self-surrender (audio)
: the giving up of oneself or one's will to some feeling or influence
Recovery requires much less than self-help; it requires self-surrender, to a higher power or cosmic truth or other nondenominational universal force.Wendy Kaminer

Examples of self-surrender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose office is leading the case, gave them a nearly two-week window for self-surrender so their lawyers could discuss with authorities how the make sure the process goes smoothly. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 The Theranos founder was ordered to self-surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by this afternoon. Byclaire Zillman, Fortune, 30 May 2023 But one of Trump’s lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, appeared to rule that out, saying Trump would turn himself in and voluntarily self-surrender. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2023 The officers have not been arrested and are expected to self-surrender, according to Tiffiny Blacknell, director of communications for the district attorney’s office. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-surrender was in 1647

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“Self-surrender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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