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Definition of capitulate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capitulate
    he / she / it capitulates
    past simple capitulated
    -ing form capitulating
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  1. 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. 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.
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noun [countable, uncountable]
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