An example of capitulate is when someone asks something of you and you give in to everything they request.
- to give up (to an enemy) on prearranged conditions; surrender conditionally
- to give up; stop resisting
Origin of capitulate; from Late Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare, to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions ; from capitulum: see capitular
intransitive verbca·pit·u·lat·ed, ca·pit·u·lat·ing, ca·pit·u·lates
- To surrender under specified conditions: The garrison capitulated after the bombardment.
- To give up all resistance; acquiesce: capitulate to the pressure of public opinion. See Synonyms at yield.
Origin of capitulateMedieval Latin capitulare, capitulat-, to draw up in chapters, from capitulum, chapter; see chapter.
(third-person singular simple present capitulates, present participle capitulating, simple past and past participle capitulated)