Surrender definition

sə-rĕndər
To give up or abandon.

Surrender all hope.

verb
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To submit to the power of another, especially after resisting; give up.
verb
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To give in (to)

To surrender to temptation.

verb
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To give up in favor of another, especially voluntarily.

Surrendered her chair to her grandmother.

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To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
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To give oneself up to another's power or control, esp. as a prisoner.
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To give up or abandon.

Surrendering all hope.

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(law) To effectuate a surrender of.
verb
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To give up claim to; give over or yield, esp. voluntarily, as in favor of another.
verb
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To give up possession of or power over; yield to another on demand or compulsion.
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(law) The yielding of the possession of an estate to a party with a reversion or remainder interest in the estate, or of a lease to a landlord, prior to the term's expiration.
noun
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The act or an instance of surrendering.

The general demanded the unconditional surrender of the fort.

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The act of surrendering, yielding, or giving up, over, or in.
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To surrender is defined as to give up control of something or to give something up to another.

An example of to surrender is for someone to turn themselves into the police if they have done something wrong.

An example of to surrender is a mother giving up her baby to be adopted.

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(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.
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(intransitive or reflexive) To give oneself up into the power of another, especially as a prisoner; to submit or give in to.
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To yield (oneself) to any influence, emotion, passion, or power.

To surrender oneself to grief, to despair, to indolence, or to sleep.

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To give over or resign (oneself) to something, as to an emotion.

Surrendered himself to grief.

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To relinquish possession or control of (something) to another because of demand or compulsion.

Surrendered the city to the enemy.

verb
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Delivery into the possession of another, such as vacating of property by the tenant before the lease has terminated so that the landlord may consider termination to have occurred; the giving up of a claim or a right; yielding to the control or power of another; the return of an estate to the one who has a reversion so as to merge the estate into a larger one.
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To give up possession of; to yield; to resign.

To surrender a right, privilege, or advantage.

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An act of surrendering, submission into the possession of another; abandonment, resignation.
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(law, property law) The yielding of the leasehold estate by the lessee to the landlord, so that the tenancy for years merges in the reversion and no longer exists.
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To give up into the power, control, or possession of another; specifically (military) to yield (a town, a fortification, etc.) to an enemy.
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The yielding or delivery of a possession in response to a demand.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
surrender
Plural:
surrenders

Origin of surrender

  • Middle English surrenderen from Old French surrendre sur- sur- rendre to deliver render

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

  • Anglo-Norman, representing Old French surrendre, from sur- + rendre "˜render'.

    From Wiktionary