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Definition of "surrender" []

  • To relinquish possession or control of to another because of demand or compulsion. (verb-transitive)
  • To give up in favor of another. (verb-transitive)
  • To give up or give back (something that has been granted): surrender a contractual right. (verb-transitive)
  • To give up or abandon: surrender all hope. (verb-transitive)
  • To give over or resign (oneself) to something, as to an emotion: surrendered himself to grief. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "surrender" in a sentence
  • "So often the word surrender is associated with what we have to give up instead of what we get."
  • "The word surrender frightens some because it calls to mind losing a battle or spinelessness."
  • "They don't want to use the term surrender but they are not calling them "peace envoys," a term used by the PKK and affiliated media organizations."