Definition of capitulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    capitulate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘parley, draw up terms’): from French capituler, from medieval Latin capitulare ‘draw up under headings’, from Latin capitulum, diminutive of caput ‘head’.
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