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capitulate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of capitulate

  1. 1 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control) one side finally capitulated when it became clear that they couldn't win the argument Synonyms of capitulate blink, bow, budge, yield, concede, give in, knuckle under, quit, relent, submit, succumb, surrenderWords Related to capitulate acquiesce; deferNear Antonyms of capitulate contend, fight, hold off; battle, breast, combat, confront, counter, defy, face, meet, object, oppose, repel; thwart, withstandAntonyms of capitulate resist

  2. 2 to yield to the control or power of enemy forces the city reluctantly capitulated to the invaders after a three-day siege Synonyms of capitulate fall, give up, knuckle under, submit, succumb, surrenderWords Related to capitulate bow, buckle, cave (in), collapse, give (in); hand over, relinquish; lose; concede, fail, foldNear Antonyms of capitulate buck, defy, fight, oppose, repel, resist, withstand; beat, overcome, win; conquer, prevail, triumphAntonyms of capitulate endure, stand

Synonym Discussion of capitulate

yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, relent, defer mean to give way to someone or something that one can no longer resist. yield may apply to any sort or degree of giving way before force, argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
    • yields too easily in any argument
submit suggests full surrendering after resistance or conflict to the will or control of another.
    • a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God
capitulate stresses the fact of ending all resistance and may imply either a coming to terms (as with an adversary) or hopelessness in the face of an irresistible opposing force.
    • officials capitulated to the protesters' demands
succumb implies weakness and helplessness to the one that gives way or an overwhelming power to the opposing force.
    • a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood
relent implies a yielding through pity or mercy by one who holds the upper hand.
    • finally relented and let the children stay up late
defer implies a voluntary yielding or submitting out of respect or reverence for or deference and affection toward another.
    • I defer to your expertise in these matters


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