[ 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.

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
Related formsca·pit·u·lant, nounca·pit·u·la·tor, nounun·ca·pit·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·ca·pit·u·lat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedcapitulate recapitulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capitulate


/ (kəˈpɪtjʊˌleɪt) /


(intr) to surrender, esp under agreed conditions

Derived Formscapitulator, 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
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