1 [no object] stop resisting to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority:over 140 rebels surrendered to the authorities
[with object] (in sport) lose (a point, game, or advantage) to an opponent:she surrendered only twenty games in her five qualifying matches
(surrender to) give in to (a powerful emotion or influence):the president has surrendered to panic and is making things worsehe surrendered himself to the mood of the hills
2 [with object] give up or hand over (a person, right, or possession), typically on compulsion or demand:in 1815 Denmark surrendered Norway to Swedenthe UK is opposed to surrendering its monetary sovereignty
(of a person assured) cancel (a life insurance policy) and receive back a proportion of the premiums paid.
give up (a lease) before its expiry.
1the action of surrendering to an opponent or powerful influence:the final surrender of Germany on 8 May 1945 [count noun]:the colonel was anxious to negotiate a surrender
2the action of surrendering a lease or life insurance policy.
surrender to bail
Law duly appear in court after release on bail.
late Middle English (chiefly in legal use): from Anglo-Norman French (see sur-1, render)