What does capitulate mean?

Definitions for capitulatekəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt

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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

  4. Origin: [LL. capitulatus, p. p. of capitulare to capitulate: cf. F. capituler. See Capitular, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Capitulate

    kap-it′ūl-āt, v.i. to treat: to draw up terms of agreement: to yield or surrender on certain conditions or heads.—ns. Capit′ulant; Capitulā′tion.—adj. Capit′ulatory, recapitulatory. [Low L. capitulatus, pa.p. of capitulāre, to arrange under heads—capitulum, a chapter.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Diane Swonk:

    They have been unwilling to capitulate and they've really wanted to separate themselves as not being beholden to Wall Street, but at the end of the day they are.

  2. Ben May:

    The antipathy towards more austerity with the general public and (Greek governing party) Syriza is a major sticking point and means a quick resolution is unlikely if it means Greece has to capitulate.

  3. Ed Royce:

    Once you capitulate to one dictator, does that mean that the next dictator or the next terrorist that says you're not going to make a comedy about -- or a film at all about ISIS, all of us in public life have a responsibility right now to speak out and to say, 'No, Sony, you did the wrong thing' and to say to Hollywood, come behind -- the other studios should come behind Sony and offer their support.

  4. Ryan Mauro:

    By showcasing its slavery, ISIS is boasting that it practices Islam in its most literal interpretation, doesn't capitulate to public opinion and rejects modern interpretations, it is also showing it has a functional Islamic educational system and therefore is a real caliphate. The timing of the announcement is significant as Ramadan is a time of year where Muslims are charged with rejuvenating their faith.

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