Capitulate meaning

kə-pĭchə-lāt
To give up all resistance; acquiesce.

Capitulate to the pressure of public opinion.

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To agree terms of surrender; to end all resistance, to give up; to go along with or comply.

He argued and hollered for so long that I finally capitulated just to make him stop.

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To surrender under specified conditions.

The garrison capitulated after the bombardment.

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To give up; stop resisting.
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To capitulate is to surrender or give in to all demands.

An example of capitulate is when someone asks something of you and you give in to everything they request.

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To give up (to an enemy) on prearranged conditions; surrender conditionally.
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Origin of capitulate

  • Medieval Latin capitulāre capitulāt- to draw up in chapters from capitulum chapter chapter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the participle stem of Medieval Latin capitulare (“draw up under headings”), from Latin capitulum (“heading, chapter, title”), diminutive of caput (“head”).

    From Wiktionary