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capitulate

[ kuh-pich-uh-leyt ]
/ k蓹藞p瑟t蕛 蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used without object), ca路pit路u路lat路ed, ca路pit路u路lat路ing.
to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms: When he saw the extent of the forces arrayed against him, the king capitulated, and signed their list of demands.
to give up resistance: He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.
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Origin of capitulate

First recorded in 1570鈥80; from Medieval Latin capitul膩tus (past participle of capitul膩re 鈥渢o draw up in sections鈥), equivalent to capitul(um) 鈥渟ection,鈥 literally, 鈥渟mall head鈥 + -膩tus ; see origin at capitulum,chapter, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM capitulate

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH capitulate

capitulate , recapitulate
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British Dictionary definitions for capitulate

capitulate
/ (k蓹藞p瑟tj蕣藢le瑟t) /

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
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