- 1[intransitive] capitulate (to somebody/something) to agree to do something that you have been refusing to do for a long time synonym give in (to somebody/something) synonym yield They were finally forced to capitulate to the terrorists' demands.
- 2[intransitive] capitulate (to somebody/something) to stop resisting an enemy and accept that you are defeated synonym surrender The town capitulated after a three-week siege. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘parley, draw up terms’): from French capituler, from medieval Latin capitulare
BrE BrE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capitulate
BrE BrE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪt//he / she / it capitulates
BrE BrE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪts//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪts//past simple capitulated
BrE BrE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪtɪd//past participle capitulated
BrE BrE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪtɪd//-ing form capitulating
BrE BrE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃuleɪtɪŋ//