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surrender

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verb sur·ren·der \ sə-ˈren-dər \

Definition of surrender

surrendered; surrendering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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

Examples of surrender in a Sentence

  1. The enemy finally surrendered after three days of fighting.

  2. The gunman surrendered and was taken into custody.

  3. The troops were forced to surrender the fort.

  4. They were required to surrender their passports.

  5. the surrendering of land to the government

  6. He refused to surrender to despair.

  7. He refused to surrender himself to despair.

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Origin and Etymology of surrender

Middle English surrendren, from surrendre, noun

Synonym Discussion of surrender

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

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surrender

noun

Definition of surrender

1 a :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

Examples of surrender in a Sentence

  1. Their surrender was formalized in a treaty.

  2. They demanded an unconditional surrender.

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Origin and Etymology of surrender

Middle English surrendre, from Anglo-French, from surrendre, susrendre to relinquish, from sur- & sus-, suz under + rendre to give back — more at render, sous


SURRENDER Defined for English Language Learners

surrender

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Definition of surrender for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of surrender for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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surrender

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verb sur·ren·der \ sə-ˈren-dər \

Definition of surrender for Students

surrendered; surrendering
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.

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surrender

noun

Definition of surrender for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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surrender

transitive verb sur·ren·der

legal Definition of surrender

1 a :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

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surrender

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legal Definition of surrender

: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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