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

     

    surrender

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səˈrendə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈrendər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surrender
    BrE BrE//səˈrendə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈrendər//
     
    he / she / it surrenders
    BrE BrE//səˈrendəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈrendərz//
     
    past simple surrendered
    BrE BrE//səˈrendəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈrendərd//
     
    past participle surrendered
    BrE BrE//səˈrendəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈrendərd//
     
    -ing form surrendering
    BrE BrE//səˈrendərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈrendərɪŋ//
     
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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 (to somebody/something) surrender (to somebody) The rebel soldiers were forced to surrender. surrender yourself (to somebody) The hijackers eventually surrendered themselves to the police. Wordfinderagreement, armistice, ceasefire, disengage, negotiate, peace, reparations, surrender, treaty, truce See related entries: Peacekeeping, Conflict
  2. 2(formal) to give up something/somebody 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. Word Origin late Middle English (chiefly in legal use): from Anglo-Norman French (from sur- and render).Extra examples After three weeks under siege they surrendered completely. He surrendered voluntarily to his enemies. The British formally surrendered on 31 May. The dictator surrendered power to Parliament. They agreed to surrender their claim to the territory. They were ordered to surrender their weapons to the police. Phrasal Verbssurrender to something
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