- 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 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.
NAmE//kəˈpɪtʃəˌleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capitulate
he / she / it capitulates
past simple capitulated
-ing form capitulating
capitulationjump to other results
NAmE//kəˌpɪtʃəˈleɪʃn//noun [countable, uncountable]