surrender

verb
sur·​ren·​der | \ sə-ˈren-dər How to pronounce surrender (audio) \
surrendered; surrendering\ sə-​ˈren-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce surrendering (audio) \

Definition of surrender

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand surrendered the fort
b : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another
2a : to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisoner
b : to give (oneself) over to something (such as an influence)

intransitive verb

: to give oneself up into the power of another : yield

surrender

noun

Definition of surrender (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the action of yielding one's person or giving up the possession of something especially into the power of another
b : the relinquishment by a patentee of rights or claims under a patent
c : the delivery of a principal into lawful custody by bail

called also surrender by bail

d : the voluntary cancellation of the legal liability of an insurance company by the insured and beneficiary for a consideration
e : the delivery of a fugitive from justice by one government to another
2 : an instance of surrendering

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Verb

relinquish, yield, resign, surrender, abandon, waive mean to give up completely. 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

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From Week 5 to Week 12 -- a stretch of seven games -- the Colts surrendered just 17.7 points per game, the sixth-best mark in the NFL. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: A step-by-step examination of Chris Ballard's offseason to-do list," 5 Jan. 2020 The sweet guinea pig was recently surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society, along with a few siblings, after his previous owner had too many to take care of. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Huckleberry and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 3 Jan. 2020 Terrance Summerville, 55, surrendered to a SWAT unit at his apartment in the complex and was taken to Lew Sterrett Jail. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Suspect arrested in fatal stabbing at Far North Dallas apartment, police say," 1 Jan. 2020 After the appeals ruling, Dibee, 52, surrendered to federal authorities in Seattle. oregonlive, "Appeals court orders alleged eco-saboteur Joseph M. Dibee returned to custody, overruling release decision," 20 Dec. 2019 Ragland must surrender to whatever facility the Bureau of Prisons identifies in the coming weeks. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls retiree, 72, gets prison for evading more than $1 million in taxes," 18 Dec. 2019 The wrist surrendered to the bracelet and the watch. The Economist, "The buzz around AirPods," 18 Dec. 2019 The hunters, Michael Lee Potter and Kevin Sharp, voluntarily surrendered their professional hunting licenses to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, according to a Botswana Government release Saturday. Fox News, "Botswana cancels hunters' licenses following controversy over killing protected elephant," 15 Dec. 2019 The market later surrendered some of its gains, though, and closed at 28,132.05, up almost 221 points or 0.8 percent. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "White House, Chinese negotiators reach trade deal in principle that would dramatically cut tariffs," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War from 1862 until its surrender in 1865. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Two Virginia Democrats want to replace the Robert E. Lee statue in the U.S. Capitol," 23 Dec. 2019 Peterson, who flew in the war’s Pacific theater, fought in Iwo Jima and was one of thousands of pilots who circled over Tokyo Bay as Japan began its surrender. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando honors World War II vets in 20th Veterans Day parade," 9 Nov. 2019 Officers contacted him on the top floor of the parking garage, but were unable to negotiate his surrender, police said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Friday night death of Boulder homicide suspect being investigated as officer-involved shooting," 2 Nov. 2019 The government eventually claimed that its surrender had, in fact, averted a massacre. The Economist, "Lessons from a shootout in Sinaloa," 24 Oct. 2019 His release has sparked a dispute between Hong Kong and Taiwan on how to handle his surrender. Amy Gunia / Hong Kong, Time, "The Murder Suspect Whose Case Sparked the Hong Kong Protests Has Walked Free," 24 Oct. 2019 His surrender came after a conference call with his lawyer, the police commissioner and the district attorney. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Sniper, ambush and standoffs: Officers shot in five states over the past week," 22 Aug. 2019 But negotiations faltered after the United States rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of the North's nuclear capabilities at Kim's second summit with Trump in Vietnam in February. Arkansas Online, "North Korea conducts another test at long-range rocket site," 14 Dec. 2019 Nuclear negotiations faltered after a February meeting between Trump and Kim in Vietnam broke down when the U.S. side rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities. Kim Tong-hyung, SFChronicle.com, "North Korea derides Trump as ‘erratic’ as nuclear talks remain stalled," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of surrender

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for surrender

Verb

Middle English surrendren, from surrendre, noun

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

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Time Traveler for surrender

Time Traveler

The first known use of surrender was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Surrender.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrender. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for surrender

surrender

verb
How to pronounce surrender (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of surrender

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed
: to give the control or use of (something) to someone else
: to allow something (such as a habit or desire) to influence or control you

surrender

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surrender (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agreement to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed : an act of surrendering
: the act of giving the control or use of something to someone else
: the act of allowing yourself to be influenced or controlled by someone or something

surrender

verb
sur·​ren·​der | \ sə-ˈren-dər How to pronounce surrender (audio) \
surrendered; surrendering

Kids Definition of surrender

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give up after a struggle The soldiers surrendered. We'll never surrender the fort.
2 : to let go of : relinquish We surrendered our place in line.

surrender

noun

Kids Definition of surrender (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of giving up after a struggle
2 : the act of giving something over to the possession or control of someone else

surrender

transitive verb
sur·​ren·​der

Legal Definition of surrender

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : to yield to the control or possession of another surrender the leased premises surrender collateral to a creditor
b : to give up completely or agree to forgo
c : to cancel (one's insurance policy) voluntarily
2 : to give over to the custody of the law surrender a defendant

intransitive verb

: to give oneself up

surrender

noun

Legal Definition of surrender (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of surrendering discharge an obligor by surrender of a promissory note especially : the yielding of an estate by a tenant to the landlord so that the leasehold interest is extinguished by mutual agreement

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