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
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
Why does Mercer surrender himself to Pamela's spy there?
Dalton Ross, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2022 But society need not surrender to poor comprehension and moral illiteracy.
Madiba Dennie, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2022 Harris must surrender to begin serving his sentence in about 90 days.oregonlive, 26 Oct. 2022 As Stroud leads the country with 10.9 yards per pass attempt, the Hawkeyes surrender only 4.7 yards per attempt, a mark that ranks the best among 131 FBS teams.USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2022 Even after the crash, the suspect refused to surrender, barricading himself in the vehicle until finally being taken into custody at around 7:55 p.m, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department.CBS News, 14 Oct. 2022 The San Francisco 49ers did not surrender a touchdown against the Rams and sacked Stafford seven times.Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2022 That made it 14-0 after one quarter and Pinnacle would not surrender the momentum.
Azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2022 Cantor was unfairly targeted as an out-of-touch establishment figure who would surrender and capitulate to Democrats on immigration reform.
Charlie Dent, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022
The day of liberation came with the surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945.
Kerry J. Byrne, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2022 Pope Francis also defended the Vatican’s power-sharing agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China, which has been criticized as a surrender of religious freedom.
Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2022 If regulators approve on Thursday, Oregon, California and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation — the entity formed to oversee the demolition and environmental mitigation — must sign off on the license surrender and then work can begin.
Gillian Flaccus, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 If regulators approve on Thursday, Oregon, California and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation — the entity formed to oversee the demolition and environmental mitigation — must sign off on the license surrender and then work can begin.
Gillian Flaccus, ajc, 17 Nov. 2022 The Kremlin tries to draw endless historical parallels between the war in Ukraine and the key role the Soviet Union played in defeating Nazi Germany, but one publication wrote that the surrender of Kherson failed to live up to that legacy.
Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2022 Reporters for The Washington Post were among the first wave of journalists to reach Kherson city on Saturday, and everywhere there was evidence of the intense fighting that preceded the Russian surrender.
Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2022 Budanov said Sergei Surovikin, who commands the Southern Group of Russian troops in the war, may be keeping up the appearance of an orderly withdrawal to mute the reaction of Russian society in the event of the surrender or loss of Kherson.
John Bacon, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2022 A few days after the surrender, the family of one of those four soldiers received word that their son was executed for war crimes, Kuparashvili added.
Diane Bell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 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