- 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!
The army was forced to surrender after a long battle.
He surrendered his weapon to the police.
She finally surrendered her pride and apologized.
I surrender, you win.
surrender Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using 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.
He surrendered his heart to her on their first date.
Phrases with surrender
She surrendered herself to the music and danced all night.
After trying everything to save the company, he finally surrendered to fate and closed it down.
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.