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 The suspect surrendered to police after the shooting, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Bobolink Avenue. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "26-year-old man dead after north side shooting; suspect in custody," 20 Feb. 2020 Morris surrendered to police Saturday morning, days after police issued a public notice that he was wanted on a warrant related to the child. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Boyfriend of Brook Park mother grabbed child’s neck, slammed his head into wall, court documents say," 18 Feb. 2020 Marcus Randle El, of Homewood, Illinois, surrendered to Chicago police on Saturday. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Brother of ex-Steelers player charged with murder of two women," 18 Feb. 2020 Logan Williams surrendered to Brookside detectives Saturday afternoon. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man surrenders after woman forced into sex acts in abandoned Brookside house, police say," 1 Feb. 2020 The man surrendered after 15 minutes of negotiation. oregonlive, "Police arrest armed man holed up in a yurt in Yachats," 27 Jan. 2020 Cortopassi surrendered to the Shasta County jail on Friday. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Victim who lost home, vehicles in 2018 Carr Fire faces insurance fraud charges," 22 Jan. 2020 An armed 37-year-old Kentucky man who barricaded himself in a room at the Hampton Inn in West Bloomfield surrendered to police Wednesday morning after a nearly eight-hour standoff. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Armed man inside West Bloomfield Hampton Inn surrenders to police," 1 Jan. 2020 After giving up more than 500 yards to Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers last weekend, the Colts surrendered 424. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts do everything wrong in falling from playoff race," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hershey was brought to the Arizona Humane Society as an owner surrender in mid-January when his owner was no longer able to provide proper care for this sweet pup. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Hershey and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 7 Feb. 2020 This is the first of several gun surrender events this year, police said. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020 Clyde surrenders and the stage goes dark but for an orangish glow that illuminates the Skinning Tree. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 But instead of investigating, National Western slapped Williams with a surrender penalty of almost $15,000 and allowed Pantaleoni to hold onto his original commission, keeping him as an agent, according to the lawsuit. Nick Leiber, Los Angeles Times, "When a ‘trusted’ financial professional targets the assets of America’s elderly," 22 Oct. 2019 Ivan Perisic and Radja Nainggolan were also casualties of Conte's cleansing, as the new boss sniffed out the bad eggs and assembled a group of players who shared his driven, no surrender mentality. SI.com, "Why Inter Are So Much More Than The Usual Blood & Thunder Under Antonio Conte," 20 Oct. 2019 After the standoff and surrender, Ussery confessed and was taken to the Polk County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft and battery, police said. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman pepper-sprays, thrusts knife at Walmart employees, police say," 11 Oct. 2019 Broward County Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon set a $110,000 bond and imposed conditions including a GPS monitor, no possession of weapons or ammunition, a mental health evaluation and surrender of his passport. Curt Anderson, Houston Chronicle, "Florida judge grants bail, orders mental health evaluation for NFL free agent Antonio Brown," 24 Jan. 2020 But negotiations have faltered since the collapse of the second Kim-Trump meeting in February last year, when the U.S. side rejected North Korean demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities. Tong-hyung Kim, USA TODAY, "South Korea says it sent birthday message from President Trump to Kim Jong Un," 10 Jan. 2020

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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

25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Surrender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrender?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=surren01. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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