capitulate

[ kuh-pich-uh-leyt ]
/ kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), ca·pit·u·lat·ed, ca·pit·u·lat·ing.

to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
to give up resistance: He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.

QUIZZES

HEED THE VOX POPULI, AND TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Test your memory on these verbal firecrackers from the week of June 29 to July 5!
Question 1 of 7
anchorite

Origin of capitulate

1570–80; < Medieval Latin capitulātus (past participle of capitulāre to draw up in sections), equivalent to capitul(um) section (literally, small head; see capitulum) + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM capitulate

ca·pit·u·lant, nounca·pit·u·la·tor, nounun·ca·pit·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·ca·pit·u·lat·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH capitulate

capitulate recapitulate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for capitulate

British Dictionary definitions for capitulate

capitulate
/ (kəˈpɪtjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) to surrender, esp under agreed conditions

Derived forms of capitulate

capitulator, noun

Word Origin for capitulate

C16 (meaning: to arrange under heads, draw up in order; hence, to make terms of surrender): from Medieval Latin capitulare to draw up under heads, from capitulum chapter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012