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Definition of surrender verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surrender
    he / she / it surrenders
    past simple surrendered
    -ing form surrendering
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to admit that you have been defeated and want to stop fighting; to allow yourself to be caught, taken prisoner, etc. synonym give in (to somebody/something) surrender (to somebody) The rebel soldiers were forced to surrender. surrender yourself (to somebody) The hijackers eventually surrendered themselves to the police.
  2. 2[transitive] (formal) to give up something or someone when you are forced to synonym relinquish surrender something/somebody to somebody He agreed to surrender all claims to the property. They surrendered their guns to the police. surrender something/somebody The defendant was released to await trial but had to surrender her passport.
  3. Phrasal Verbssurrender to something
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