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 Clippers didn’t have to have the horses to compete with their Staples Center partners in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, especially considering the pick haul surrendered by Rob Pelinka. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Five Big Questions Surrounding Kawhi Leonard's NBA Free Agency," 25 June 2019 The Barmat scandal branded the Social Democrats as the party of corrupt fraudsters — Jewish corrupt fraudsters, that is — and surrendered the moral high ground in Germany’s ever-so-brief flirtation with a democratic republic to the fledgling NSDAP. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "On Truth and Lying in the Extra German Sense," 20 June 2019 Two of the pangolins had been found in a garage, and one surrendered by a woman who received it as a gift. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 Mijango convinced the gangs to surrender weapons in public ceremonies as a gesture of good faith. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 John Stringer said the suspect surrendered at the police department. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al.com, "8 suspects in deadly north Alabama burglary now jailed," 7 June 2019 By August, the Allies were in Paris, and in May the Nazis surrendered. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World leaders, local vets pause to remember D-Day, 75 years later," 6 June 2019 For example: If a pitcher has surrendered a high average on balls in play, his FIP will likely be lower than his ERA. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Dodgers Dugout: Who can the Dodgers acquire to bolster the bullpen?," 27 June 2019 Skyline, which once ran more than 120 skilled nursing facilities in 10 states, surrendered its license to operate the Massachusetts homes on April 23 and appears to have financially collapsed. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Owners of five shuttered South Coast nursing homes cited for wage theft," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The surrender of his license follows previous disciplinary actions taken by the board against Vicary. Leila Miller, latimes.com, "Psychiatrist who admitted altering notes in Menendez brothers’ murder trial in the ’90s surrenders license," 9 July 2019 No further negotiations around the surrender of Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal are planned at this time. Ben Westcott, CNN, "North Korea holds mass celebration in Xi's honor amid talks on US tensions," 20 June 2019 But observers say the strategy is sometimes used to intimidate local populations—effectively making daily life untenable, forcing either a mass exodus or a surrender by the opposition. Patrick Dehahn, Quartz, "The Syria conflict has seen over 570 attacks on civilian hospitals," 22 June 2019 Gun control groups had urged the city to change its rules in hopes a quick surrender would prompt the justices to drop the case. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "New York City limits on transporting guns eased in effort to get Supreme Court challenge dismissed," 19 June 2019 While deputies tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender, McDonald fired twice at them and narrowly missed striking one of the deputies in the head, according to the DA’s office. Robert Rhoden, nola.com, "Man gets 35 years for attacking woman, shooting at St. Tammany deputies," 10 June 2019 But this surrender came with a wary eye to the future. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 Unlike when the concrete river channel surrenders to native tree trunks, people couldn’t see the leaching lead. Dustin Renwick, National Geographic, "Five years on, the Flint water crisis is nowhere near over," 25 Apr. 2019 Enacted in 1889, the Chinese Extradition Ordinance allowed for the surrender of Chinese subjects wanted for crimes in imperial China. Mary Hui, Quartz, "China used to find it too humiliating to send Hong Kong extradition requests," 10 June 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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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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