- to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
- to give up resistance: He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.
Origin of capitulate
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Examples from the Web for capitulate
Much like Jamie, he acknowledges—but will not capitulate to—the circumscribed world they create.This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014
He knew his best friend, Chief Taylor, would stand by him and that Stilts would have to capitulate.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
Nor is the stubborn, shrewd prime minsiter known to capitulate easily, or to misread public sentiment.Why Did Netanyahu Release Palestinian Prisoners?
August 6, 2013
As he is walking out the door, the Japanese call him back, capitulate, and a happy medium is agreed on.‘A Hijacking,’ the Somali Pirate Movie Without Tom Hanks, Is Fantastic
July 15, 2013
This meant that even if Saddam sought to capitulate, it would not suffice.Sanctions Make War More Likely
March 23, 2012
I make him offer to capitulate if he will accord us passage with the honours of war.Captain Blood
Your attentions flatter her, and predispose her to capitulate.Bardelys the Magnificent
"You must not capitulate with your Sovereign," said the Chancellor.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is a fortress that well besieged may capitulate like any other.Wood Rangers
But now,—now if the siege were made, the town would have to capitulate at the first shot.Orley Farm
- (intr) to surrender, esp under agreed conditions
Word Origin and History for capitulate
1570s, "to draw up in chapters" (i.e., under "heads"), in part a back-formation from capitulation, in part from Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare "to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions." Often of terms of surrender, hence meaning "to yield on stipulated terms" (1680s). Related: Capitulated; capitulating.