surrender

verb
sur·​ren·​der | \ sə-ˈren-dər How to pronounce surrender (audio) \
surrendered; surrendering\ sə-​ˈren-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce surrender (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 He was convicted on two counts of harassment and ordered to surrender his Oregon police officer certification and never work as a police officer. Star Tribune, "Wandering cops shuffle departments, abusing citizens," 28 Apr. 2021 On Friday afternoon, a federal judge released Finn from law enforcement custody but ordered him to surrender his passport and his collection of 150 guns. Washington Post, "Prince George’s police officer arrested on federal tax evasion charges," 23 Apr. 2021 She was ordered to surrender her passport and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Saturday morning. al, "Florida woman named Snape tells medic she’s Harry Potter after crash kills judge," 11 Apr. 2021 As the officers ordered the three occupants of the Honda Civic to surrender for questioning, Marquez jumped out of the car and ran off, with two officers giving chase, according to Bavencoff. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Authorities search for gunman accused of firing on private investigators, police," 6 Apr. 2021 She was also ordered to surrender travel documents and limited to traveling to New York and Washington, D.C. for court appearances or attorney meetings only. NBC News, "'Real Housewives' star Jen Shah pleads not guilty to fraud, bond set at $1 million," 2 Apr. 2021 Both will be under electronic location monitoring while awaiting trial, and they were ordered to surrender any firearms. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, "FBI arrests two brothers from Southern California in Capitol riot case," 9 Mar. 2021 The judgment placed a travel ban on the rapper and ordered him to surrender his passport to the court until the case was settled. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "A Timeline of Silento's Legal Troubles," 2 Feb. 2021 Deputies spotted the suspect’s car in Pinole and ordered Johnson to surrender. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland robbery suspect jumps into bay to avoid capture, but it doesn’t work," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Out of the shadows to coax June's surrender steps Nick (Max Minghella). Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, "The Handmaid's Tale season 4 premiere recap: Everyone feels like they're cleaning up June's mess," 28 Apr. 2021 The Taliban, believing the February 2020 peace deal was a full surrender by the United States, vowed to resume attacks against U.S. and foreign troops, ending a yearlong period without a single U.S. casualty. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Five reasons Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal is the right move," 22 Apr. 2021 The piece features four wooden barrels meant to evoke depth charges, and a recording of a poem Maury wrote after learning of the South’s surrender. Washington Post, "For the Arcanists, Inc., all the DMV is a stage — for installation/performance art," 7 Apr. 2021 The organization publishes a red notice at the request of a member country for law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender or similar legal action. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Interpol issues 'red notice' for MIT graduate accused of murdering Yale student," 7 Apr. 2021 Police attempted to contact the man over the phone and with a loudspeaker to negotiate a surrender. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Mequon man has been charged with domestic abuse after an hourslong police standoff at his home," 2 Apr. 2021 April 9 is the 156th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender in Appomattox, Virginia. Kirsten Fiscus, USA TODAY, "'Anti racist' group claims responsibility for stolen Confederate monument, demands ransom," 6 Apr. 2021 Futures are unknowable, but Crisp's preemptive surrender is neither warranted nor convincingly argued. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Population growth, policing, Ethiopia," 5 Apr. 2021 In a hearing Friday via Zoom, a judge ordered Hardin to self-surrender in the District of Columbia by April 8. Washington Post, "Ex-officer texted ‘We stormed the Capitol’ during Jan. 6 riot, feds say, and tipsters turned him in," 3 Apr. 2021

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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-chef

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Time Traveler for surrender

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

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2 May 2021

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“Surrender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrender. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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surrender

verb

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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