relinquish usually does not imply strong feeling but may suggest some regret, reluctance, or weakness.
relinquished her crown
yield implies concession or compliance or submission to force.
the troops yielded ground grudgingly
resign emphasizes voluntary relinquishment or sacrifice without struggle.
resigned her position
surrender implies a giving up after a struggle to retain or resist.
surrendered their claims
abandon stresses finality and completeness in giving up.
abandoned all hope
waive implies conceding or forgoing with little or no compulsion.
waived the right to a trial by jury
Examples of surrender in a Sentence
The enemy finally surrendered after three days of fighting.
The gunman surrendered and was taken into custody.
The troops were forced to surrender the fort.
They were required to surrender their passports.
the surrendering of land to the government
He refused to surrender to despair.
He refused to surrender himself to despair. Noun
Their surrender was formalized in a treaty.
They demanded an unconditional surrender. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The teen, a student at a high school for academic achievers, surrendered after he was ordered to the ground, Davis said.—Dennis Romero, NBC News, 2 Sep. 2023 The win came one week after Mission Hills was handed a forfeit win over Lawndale, which surrendered two days before game day while pleading a shortage of healthy players.—Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 Trump surrendered last Thursday at the Fulton County jail and was booked and processed as a first step in going to trial.—Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 One of the two businesses that had bar license applications approved — The Palace, at 917 S. State St., Salt Lake City — surrendered its existing on-premises license to upgrade to its new license.—Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 The program brings together law enforcement and church groups so fugitives wanted on felony warrants can surrender in a safe setting.—Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2023 Trump surrendered to Georgia authorities last week on charges of felony racketeering for trying to overturn the state’s election results after the 2020 general election.—Tori Otten, The New Republic, 29 Aug. 2023 Trump surrendered Thursday in the Georgia case, posing with a scowl for the first mug shot in American history of a former U.S. president.—Eric Tucker, Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2023 The Fulton County Sheriff's Office released his booking photo Thursday night after Trump surrendered at the Atlanta jail to face charges stemming from his fourth indictment this year.—Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023
Hoover scores 21 points a game and surrenders 29 while Vestavia Hills scores 27 points and allows 10.3 points a game.—Dennis Victory, al, 12 Sep. 2023 Officials urged local residents to be wary and keep homes and cars locked, and police broadcast a plea for surrender from the convict's mother.—USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Also different from his previous surrenders: authorities are expected to take a booking photo of the former president.—Sudhin Thanawala and Kate Brumback, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2023 Trump’s impending surrender and the fireworks and flubs of the other presidential hopefuls shaped the narrative, rather than a chat between two men grasping to reclaim their former seats of power.—Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Former President Donald Trump has arrived in Atlanta ahead of his surrender at the Fulton County jail.—Jozsef Papp, ajc, 24 Aug. 2023 As the invasion passes the year and a half mark and Kyiv’s counteroffensive claws back territory bit by bit, many Western officials and analysts warn of a potential impasse, in which no one wins or surrenders, nor is willing to sit at a negotiating table.—David L. Stern, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2023 Owners looking to surrender a cat should contact their local humane society or private rescue to schedule a surrender appointment.—Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2023 On Thursday night, as Trump's motorcade was arriving at the Fulton County, Georgia, jail for his surrender on charges related to the push to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state, Biden blasted out a fundraising pitch online.—Fritz Farrow, ABC News, 27 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English surrendren, from surrendre, noun
Middle English surrendre, from Anglo-French, from surrendre, susrendre to relinquish, from sur- & sus-, suz under + rendre to give back — more at render, sous-chef