Definitions for surrendersəˈrɛn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sur•ren•der*səˈrɛn dər(v.t.)

  1. to deliver up or yield (something) to the possession or power of another on demand or under duress:

    to surrender the fort to the enemy.

  2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police.

  3. to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.:

    surrendered himself to despair.

  4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).

  5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.

  6. (v.i.)to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.

  7. (n.)an act or instance of surrendering.

* Syn: See yield.

Origin of surrender:

1425–75; < OF surrendre to give up =sur-sur -1+rendre to render1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resignation, surrender(noun)

    acceptance of despair

  2. giving up, yielding, surrender(noun)

    a verbal act of admitting defeat

  3. surrender(noun)

    the delivery of a principal into lawful custody

  4. capitulation, fall, surrender(verb)

    the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)

    "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"

  5. surrender, give up(verb)

    give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another

    "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered"

  6. surrender, cede, deliver, give up(verb)

    relinquish possession or control over

    "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. surrender(verb)əˈrɛn dər

    to give up fighting because you know you cannot win

    I would rather die than surrender.

  2. surrenderəˈrɛn dər

    to give sth to sb in authority

    He was ordered to surrender his weapon.; the army's surrender


  1. surrender(Noun)

    An act of surrendering, submission into the possession of another; abandonment, resignation.

  2. surrender(Noun)

    The yielding or delivery of a possession in response to a demand.

  3. surrender(Noun)

    The yielding of the leasehold estate by the lessee to the landlord, so that the tenancy for years merges in the reversion and no longer exists.

  4. surrender(Verb)

    To give up into the power, control, or possession of another; specifically (Military) to yield (land, a town, etc.) to an enemy.

  5. surrender(Verb)

    To give oneself up into the power of another, especially as a prisoner; to submit or give in to.

  6. Origin: Anglo-Norman, representing Old French surrendre, from sur- + rendre ‘render’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surrender(verb)

    to yield to the power of another; to give or deliver up possession of (anything) upon compulsion or demand; as, to surrender one's person to an enemy or to an officer; to surrender a fort or a ship

  2. Surrender(verb)

    to give up possession of; to yield; to resign; as, to surrender a right, privilege, or advantage

  3. Surrender(verb)

    to yield to any influence, emotion, passion, or power; -- used reflexively; as, to surrender one's self to grief, to despair, to indolence, or to sleep

  4. Surrender(verb)

    to yield; to render or deliver up; to give up; as, a principal surrendered by his bail, a fugitive from justice by a foreign state, or a particular estate by the tenant thereof to him in remainder or reversion

  5. Surrender(verb)

    to give up one's self into the power of another; to yield; as, the enemy, seeing no way of escape, surrendered at the first summons

  6. Surrender(noun)

    the act of surrendering; the act of yielding, or resigning one's person, or the possession of something, into the power of another; as, the surrender of a castle to an enemy; the surrender of a right

  7. Surrender(noun)

    the yielding of a particular estate to him who has an immediate estate in remainder or reversion

  8. Surrender(noun)

    the giving up of a principal into lawful custody by his bail

  9. Surrender(noun)

    the delivery up of fugitives from justice by one government to another, as by a foreign state. See Extradition


  1. Surrender

    Surrender is the cessation of fighting by soldiers, naval craft, nations or other combatants and their eventually becoming prisoners of war, either as individuals or when ordered to by their officers. A white flag or handkerchief is a common symbol of surrender, as is the gesture of raising one's hands empty and open above one's head. When a tank commander is surrendering, the tank's turret should be turned opposite the direction of the opposing forces. Normally, a surrender will involve the handing over of weapons; in European warfare of earlier centuries, the commanding officer of a surrendering force would specifically offer up his sword to the victorious commander. Flags and ensigns are hauled down or furled, and ships' colours are struck to signal a surrender. When the parties agree to terms, the surrender may be conditional, i.e. if the surrendering party promises to submit only after the victor makes certain promises. Otherwise it is a surrender at discretion; the victor makes no promises of treatment other than those provided by the laws and customs of war — most of which are laid out in the Hague Conventions and the Geneva Conventions. Normally a belligerent will only agree to surrender unconditionally if completely incapable of continuing hostilities.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'surrender' in Verbs Frequency: #1010

Translations for surrender

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to yield

The general refused to surrender to the enemy; We shall never surrender!

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