Definition of capitulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈpiCHəˌlāt/


[no object]
Cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; surrender: the patriots had to capitulate to the enemy forces
More example sentences
  • The various forces converged in April 1945, and the Berlin garrison commander capitulated on 2 May.
  • So great was the demoralization that formidable fortresses capitulated to mere cavalry units.
  • But, as hostilities begin, these non-military efforts to influence combine with military force until the regime capitulates.
surrender, give in/up, yield, concede defeat, give up the struggle, submit, knuckle under;
lay down one's arms, raise/show the white flag, throw in the towel



Pronunciation: /-ˈlātər/
Example sentences
  • They will be remembered, not as the reasonable, mature and statesmanlike figures they imagine themselves to be, but as abject capitulators to power and well-practiced accompanists to reaction.
  • The dolphins made it to the beach and the capitulators made it into deep water with minimal disturbance to the circadian rhythms of the seafront dwellers.
  • Some of these violent acts will be directed against the targets of non-capitulators that are located within the jurisdiction of the capitulators.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'parley, draw up terms'): from French capituler, from medieval Latin capitulare 'draw up under headings', from Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput 'head'.

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Syllabification: ca·pit·u·late

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