Definition of surrender in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈrendər/


[no object]
1Cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority: over 140 rebels surrendered to the authorities
More example sentences
  • The policy, while savage, often meant the next towns along the way would surrender rather than resist.
  • Two days later, on May 2, 1945, all enemy forces in Italy surrendered unconditionally.
  • Noriega eventually surrendered voluntarily to U.S. authorities.
capitulate, give in, give (oneself) up, give way, yield, concede (defeat), submit, climb down, back down, cave in, relent, crumble;
lay down one's arms, raise the white flag, throw in the towel
1.1 [with object] Give up or hand over (a person, right, or possession), typically on compulsion or demand: in 1815 Denmark surrendered Norway to Sweden they refused to surrender their weapons
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  • The suit demanded that Seaman surrender the rights to 374 photos he took of the Lennon family and pay unspecified damages.
  • In 1931, the French Government was forced to surrender its rights of jurisdiction to the local government.
  • The criteria they appear to be using is that any nation that either actively sponsors, gives shelter to or ‘turns a blind eye’ to terrorist activities effectively surrenders its sovereign rights.
give up, relinquish, renounce, forgo, forswear;
cede, abdicate, waive, forfeit, sacrifice;
hand over, turn over, yield, resign, transfer, grant
abandon, give up, cast aside
1.2 [with object] (In a sports contest) lose (a point, game, or advantage): she surrendered only twenty games in her five qualifying matches
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  • Just four teams have allowed more than the 3.55 goals per game surrendered by the Isles.
  • Though the Bucs surrendered points, this quasi-stand rallied them to a comeback victory.
  • The Kings could surrender a Game 1 to Jersey from sheer jitters.
1.3 (surrender to) Abandon oneself entirely to (a powerful emotion or influence); give in to: he was surprised that Miriam should surrender to this sort of jealousy he surrendered himself to the mood of the hills
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  • His carefully ordered routine only begins to unravel when he makes the mistake of surrendering to a very human emotion.
  • The three basic skills are attending to, befriending and surrendering to emotions that make us uncomfortable.
  • In dealing with the issue, however, the minister expressed the view that we have been surrendering to the idea that society is essentially responsible for all ills.
1.4 [with object] (Of an insured person) cancel (a life insurance policy) and receive back a proportion of the premiums paid.
Example sentences
  • If you do choose to surrender the policy it would be a good idea to use the proceeds to pay off the mortgage, making sure that there would be no penalties incurred.
  • This is effectively an exit penalty for anyone who wants to surrender a with-profits policy early and shift their money elsewhere.
  • If you surrender your policy after one year, you will lose all the money you have paid the insurance company.


1The action of surrendering.
Example sentences
  • A final series of surrenders followed as hungry Lakota bands capitulated at military posts along the upper Missouri and Yellowstone.
  • Close combat is the only form of warfare that results in surrenders.
  • The victor would then be able to starve his opponent into surrender, or at least so disrupt his trade that his economy would collapse and he would no longer be able to continue the war.
capitulation, submission, yielding, succumbing, acquiescence;
fall, defeat, resignation
1.1The action of surrendering a life insurance policy.
Example sentences
  • As a consequence of the approach adopted by insurance companies on the early surrender of endowment policies, a market has developed in second-hand endowment policies.
  • Such a world exists - not for car owners, but for owners of life insurance policies intended for lapse or surrender.
  • I conclude on the evidence that the only reason for TMD's involvement at this stage was the early surrender of the lease and that these costs would not have been incurred but for that indication.


Late Middle English (chiefly in legal use): from Anglo-Norman French (see sur-1, render).

Words that rhyme with surrender

addenda, agenda, amender, ascender, attender, blender, Brenda, contender, corrigenda, descender, engender, extender, fazenda, fender, gender, Glenda, Gwenda, hacienda, Länder, lender, mender, offender, pudenda, recommender, referenda, render, sender, slender, spender, splendour (US splendor), suspender, tender, Venda, weekender, Wenda

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Syllabification: sur·ren·der

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