Definitions for capitulatekəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ca•pit•u•latekəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt(v.i.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.

  2. to give up resistance; yield:

    to capitulate to someone's pleas.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of capitulate:

1570–80; < ML capitulātus, ptp. of capitulāre to surrender, agree, der. of capitulum article (of a document), chapter


Princeton's WordNet

  1. capitulate(verb)

    surrender under agreed conditions


  1. capitulate(Verb)

    To draw up in chapters; to enumerate.

  2. capitulate(Verb)

    To draw up the articles of treaty with; to treat, bargain, parley.

  3. capitulate(Verb)

    To agree terms of surrender; to end all resistance, to give up; to go along with or comply.

    He argued and hollered for so long that I finally capitulated just to make him stop.

  4. Origin: From the participle stem of capitulare, from capitulum, diminutive of caput.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capitulate(noun)

    to settle or draw up the heads or terms of an agreement, as in chapters or articles; to agree

  2. Capitulate(noun)

    to surrender on terms agreed upon (usually, drawn up under several heads); as, an army or a garrison capitulates

  3. Capitulate(verb)

    to surrender or transfer, as an army or a fortress, on certain conditions

Translations for capitulate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to surrender usually on agreed conditions

We capitulated to the enemy.

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