Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To relinquish possession or control of to another because of demand or compulsion.
  • transitive v. To give up in favor of another.
  • transitive v. To give up or give back (something that has been granted): surrender a contractual right.
  • transitive v. To give up or abandon: surrender all hope.
  • transitive v. To give over or resign (oneself) to something, as to an emotion: surrendered himself to grief.
  • transitive v. Law To restore (an estate, for example), especially to give up (a lease) before expiration of the term.
  • intransitive v. To give oneself up, as to an enemy.
  • n. The act or an instance of surrendering.
  • n. Law The delivery of a prisoner, fugitive from justice, or other principal in a suit into legal custody.
  • n. Law The act of surrendering or of being surrendered to bail.
  • n. Law Restoration of an estate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give up into the power, control, or possession of another; specifically (Military) to yield (land, a town, etc.) to an enemy.
  • v. To give oneself up into the power of another, especially as a prisoner; to submit or give in to.
  • n. An act of surrendering, submission into the possession of another; abandonment, resignation.
  • n. The yielding or delivery of a possession in response to a demand.
  • n. The yielding of the leasehold estate by the lessee to the landlord, so that the tenancy for years merges in the reversion and no longer exists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To yield to the power of another; to give or deliver up possession of (anything) upon compulsion or demand.
  • transitive v. To give up possession of; to yield; to resign.
  • transitive v. To yield to any influence, emotion, passion, or power; -- used reflexively.
  • transitive v. To yield; to render or deliver up; to give up.
  • intransitive v. To give up one's self into the power of another; to yield.
  • n. The act of surrendering; the act of yielding, or resigning one's person, or the possession of something, into the power of another.
  • n.
  • n. The yielding of a particular estate to him who has an immediate estate in remainder or reversion.
  • n. The giving up of a principal into lawful custody by his bail.
  • n. The delivery up of fugitives from justice by one government to another, as by a foreign state. See Extradition.
  • n. The voluntary cancellation of the legal liability of the company by the insured and beneficiary for a consideration (called the surrender value).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give back; render again; restore.
  • To give; offer; render.
  • To yield to the power or possession of another; give or deliver up possession of upon compulsion or demand: as, to surrender a fort or a ship.
  • To yield or resign in favor of another; cease to hold or claim; relinquish; resign: as, to surrender a privilege; to surrender an office.
  • In law, to make surrender of. See surrender, n., 3.
  • To yield or give up to any influence, passion, or power: with a reflexive pronoun: as, to surrender one's self to indolence.
  • To yield; give up one's self into the power of another: as, the enemy surrendered at the first summons.
  • n. The act of surrendering; the act of yielding or resigning the possession of something into the power of another; a yielding or giving up: as, the surrender of a city; the surrender of a claim.
  • n. In insurance, the abandonment of an assurance policy by the party assured on receiving a part of the premiums paid.
  • n. In law: The yielding up of an estate for life, or for years, to him who has the immediate estate in reversion or remainder.
  • n. The giving up of a principal into lawful custody by his bail.
  • n. The delivering up of fugitives from justice by a foreign state; extradition.
  • n. In the former English bankruptcy acts, the due appearance before the commissioners of one whom they had declared a bankrupt, in order that he might conform to the law and submit to examination if necessary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. acceptance of despair
  • n. a verbal act of admitting defeat
  • n. the delivery of a principal into lawful custody
  • n. the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
  • v. give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
  • v. relinquish possession or control over

Etymologies

Middle English surrenderen, from Old French surrendre : sur-, sur- + rendre, to deliver; see render.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, representing Old French surrendre, from sur- + rendre ‘render’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So often the word surrender is associated with what we have to give up instead of what we get.

    Living on the Edge

  • The word surrender frightens some because it calls to mind losing a battle or spinelessness.

    THE SURRENDERED SINGLE

  • They don't want to use the term surrender but they are not calling them "peace envoys," a term used by the PKK and affiliated media organizations.

    TODAY'S ZAMAN :: News

  • Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the passage of a bill that did not include what he called surrender dates.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2007

  • He blamed the Amarnath land controversy in J& K on the Congress-led coalition for what he called surrender to separatists agenda.

    IBN Top Headlines

  • With one tistle-head, and a nettle or two, he could make a soupe for twenty guests — an haunch of a little puppy-dog made a roti des plus excellens; but his coupe de maitre was when the rendition — what you call the surrender, took place and appened; and then, dieu me damme, he made out of the hind quarter of one salted horse, forty-five couverts; that the English and Scottish officers and nobility, who had the honour to dine with Monseigneur upon the rendition, could not tell what the devil any of them were made upon at all.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • With one tistle-head, and a nettle or two, he could make a soupe for twenty guests -- an haunch of a little puppy-dog made a roti des plus excellens; but his coupe de maitre was when the rendition -- what you call the surrender, took place and appened; and then, dieu me damme, he made out of the hind quarter of one salted horse, forty-five couverts; that the English and Scottish officers and nobility, who had the honour to dine with Monseigneur upon the rendition, could not tell what the devil any of them were made upon at all.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and Republicans, listen up and listen tight, surrender is not a word any American takes lightly.

    Stephen Herrington: The Invisible Six Point Democratic Lead

  • The notion of surrender is of course central to your story, as your title implies.

    Chang-rae Lee - An interview with author

  • The air exploded sharply from his tensed lungs, as he relaxed in surrender, and the hand dropped limply down.

    Chapter XXVI

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.