- to give up possession of or power over; yield to another on demand or compulsion
- to give up claim to; give over or yield, esp. voluntarily, as in favor of another
- to give up or abandon: surrendering all hope
- to yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
Origin of surrenderMiddle English surrendren from Middle French surrendre from sur-, up (see sur-) + rendre, to render
- to give oneself up to another's power or control, esp. as a prisoner
- to give in (to): to surrender to temptation
- the act of surrendering, yielding, or giving up, over, or in
- Insurance the voluntary abandonment of a policy by an insured person in return for a cash payment (surrender value), thus freeing the company of liability
Origin of surrenderLME < MFr surrendre, inf. used as n.