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surrender

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the usually forced yielding of one's person or possessions to the control of another

  • the police demanded the surrender of all hostages as a condition for allowing the hijackers safe passage out of the country
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surrender

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1 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress

  • the toddler surrendered the doll to her mother after a brief struggle
  • the commander surrendered the garrison without having fired a single shot
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2 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control)

  • the father refused to surrender to his sonʼs constant begging for a BB gun
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say uncle, throw in the towel (also throw in the sponge)

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3 to give up (as a position of authority) formally

  • the aging queen refused to surrender the throne to her increasingly impatient heir
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4 to give up and cease resistance (as to a liking, temptation, or habit)

  • determined to give up smoking, she so far has not surrendered to her incessant desire to have a cigarette
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5 to yield to the control or power of enemy forces

  • General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, thus ending the Civil War
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6 to give (oneself) over to something especially unrestrainedly

  • laid-off workers who surrender themselves to despair will almost certainly never regain their footing
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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


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