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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 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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