surrender Definition

  • 1to give up control or possession of something
  • 2to admit defeat in a contest or conflict

Using surrender: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "surrender" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The army was forced to surrender after a long battle.

  • Example

    He surrendered his weapon to the police.

  • Example

    She finally surrendered her pride and apologized.

  • Example

    I surrender, you win.

surrender Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for surrender

Idioms Using surrender

  • wave the white flag/surrender

    to give up or surrender


    After hours of negotiation, they finally waved the white flag and accepted the terms.

  • to surrender without any conditions or demands, leaving the decision of treatment to the victor


    The defeated army surrendered at discretion, hoping for mercy from the victors.

  • to give one's love or affection to someone


    He surrendered his heart to her on their first date.

Phrases with surrender

  • to give oneself over to a particular emotion or influence


    She surrendered herself to the music and danced all night.

  • to accept that events are beyond one's control and submit to their outcome


    After trying everything to save the company, he finally surrendered to fate and closed it down.

  • a surrender without any conditions or demands


    The general demanded an unconditional surrender from the enemy.

Origins of surrender

from Old French 'sur-' meaning 'over' and 'rendre' meaning 'give back'


Summary: surrender in Brief

The verb 'surrender' [səˈrɛndər] means to give up control or possession of something, or to admit defeat in a contest or conflict. It can be used in contexts ranging from battles to personal relationships, as in 'She finally surrendered her pride and apologized.' Phrases like 'surrender oneself to' and 'surrender to fate' denote giving oneself over to emotions or accepting events beyond one's control. Idioms like 'wave the white flag/surrender' and 'surrender at discretion' signify giving up or surrendering without conditions.

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