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.
- ca·pit·u·lant, noun
- ca·pit·u·la·tor, noun
- un·ca·pit·u·lat·ed, adjective
- un·ca·pit·u·lat·ing, adjective
- capitulate , recapitulate
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How to use capitulate in a sentence
If Obama did it, he would look weak and appear to be capitulating to constituencies of the left.
He also pointed out that legalizing drugs would not mean that the government is capitulating to the cartels.
I will tell you a secret, Chevalier; my only reason for capitulating was because I was short of powder.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
Oh, hang your morality, Mr. Joseph; it's rather good fun to see the 'insolent beauty' of the season capitulating.Roland Cashel | Charles James Lever
"Yet those were stern terms demanded from capitulating Louisbourg," spoke the Abbe thoughtfully.French and English | Evelyn Everett-Green
I feel as much as you, Mr. Redgauntlet, the delicacy of capitulating with our sovereign in his present condition.Red Gauntlet | Sir Walter Scott
It is natural to oppose one extreme by another; and those who avoid both easily appear to be capitulating with error.The History of Freedom | John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
British Dictionary definitions for capitulate
(intr) to surrender, esp under agreed conditions
- capitulator, noun
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