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 Jiddah, the Red Sea port city, saw its Ottoman troops surrender to the local troops backed by the British in 1916 amid the war. NBC News, "Explosion wounds several at ceremony commemorating WWI in Saudi Arabia," 11 Nov. 2020 Jiddah, the Red Sea port city, saw its Ottoman troops surrender to the local troops backed by the British in 1916 amid the war. Angela Charlton And Aya Batrawy, chicagotribune.com, "Multiple people wounded in explosion at Saudi cemetery marking end of WWI," 11 Nov. 2020 Jiddah, the Red Sea port city, saw its Ottoman troops surrender to the local troops backed by the British in 1916 amid the war. Angela Charlton, Anchorage Daily News, "3 wounded in bomb attack on people attending WWI ceremony in Saudi Arabia," 11 Nov. 2020 The people do not surrender to despair and the destruction does not define them. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Simon the Fiddler’ explores the redemptive power of music," 10 Nov. 2020 Ole Miss is No. 14 of 14 SEC schools in total defense allowing 641 yards a game while the Bulldogs surrender a fraction of that at a national-best 236.7 a game. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Putting Mac Jones’ hot start in context," 14 Oct. 2020 Barrett has used that metaphor for those who might surrender to temptation to disregard the Constitution. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "We binge-watched 15 hours of Amy Barrett's speeches. Here’s what we learned about her judicial philosophy.," 5 Oct. 2020 The office said Rodriguez would self-surrender on the warrant. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "San Jose cop charged after video showed him kicking and dragging woman," 30 Sep. 2020 Police surrounded the building and began calling out for the suspect to come out and surrender, to no avail. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man arrested after locking himself inside Mission Valley dry cleaning business," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maybe a surrender run would have been in order, or maybe a screen. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The Cleveland Browns' hidden early critical throw that was the kind of play that prevents a loss: Doug Lesmerises," 15 Nov. 2020 With each surrender behind closed doors and milquetoast public appearance, Redfield has alienated both his staff and politicians in Washington, records and interviews show. USA Today, "How the CDC failed public health officials fighting the coronavirus," 11 Nov. 2020 President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation 2 1/2 years earlier, but the order had little effect in Confederate Texas, even well after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender in early April. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester leaders make Juneteenth official holiday, paid day off for town workers," 11 Nov. 2020 The consequences of this surrender have not only been political. Jeff Hauser, The New Republic, "What a Defiant Democratic Party Looks Like," 22 Sep. 2020 But the formal surrender ceremony that would end World War II had not yet been held. Michael E. Ruane Washington Post, Star Tribune, "A Navy officer's sudden mission meant carrying a flag 9,000 miles and standing up his fiancee on date night," 10 Sep. 2020 Such calls amount to a white flag of surrender from the central bank. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "Fiscal Stimulus Is Ineffective. The Fed Requesting It Is Even Worse.," 12 Oct. 2020 Weeks after his surrender to authorities, Wright wrote to Trump from jail and apologized for the hourlong standoff on the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. AZCentral.com, "QAnon, false flags and baby eating liberals: How Arizona Patriots build community around conspiracy theories," 1 Oct. 2020 The district attorney's office said Rodriguez would be surrendering himself on a warrant, but the timing of his surrender was unclear. Doha Madani, NBC News, "San Jose officer facing assault charge in violent arrest of driver," 30 Sep. 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-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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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Surrender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrender. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for surrender

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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