- to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
- to give (oneself) up, as to the police.
- to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship.
- to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
- to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.
- to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.
- the act or an instance of surrendering.
- Insurance. the voluntary abandonment of a life-insurance policy by the owner for any of its nonforfeiture values.
- the deed by which a legal surrendering is made.
Origin of surrender
SynonymsSee more synonyms for surrender on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for surrender
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
The indicted are not going to show up at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh to surrender to federal marshals.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
The question then comes down to what version will the grand jury believe: Was Brown trying to surrender when shot?Why Darren Wilson Will Walk
November 22, 2014
Buddhist and Hindu literature is rich with stories of disciples finally learning to surrender in this way.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?
November 21, 2014
At 15, she developed iliotibial band syndrome, injuring her knee, and had to surrender her dream.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva
October 20, 2014
The other two inscriptions, however, refused to surrender their secrets.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it—now or ever.
I have learned, and I know, that it will not surrender easily.
We get "inside of" any classic work of literature only by this spirit of surrender.Understanding the Scriptures
They were asked where were the rifles they had been ordered to surrender.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- (tr) to relinquish to the control or possession of another under duress or on demandto surrender a city
- (tr) to relinquish or forego (an office, position, etc), esp as a voluntary concession to anotherhe surrendered his place to a lady
- to give (oneself) up physically, as or as if to an enemy
- to allow (oneself) to yield, as to a temptation, influence, etc
- (tr) to give up (hope, etc)
- (tr) law to give up or restore (an estate), esp to give up a lease before expiration of the term
- (tr) obsolete to return or render (thanks, etc)
- surrender to bail to present oneself at court at the appointed time after having been on bail
- the act or instance of surrendering
- insurance the voluntary discontinuation of a life policy by its holder in return for a consideration (the surrender value)
- the yielding up or restoring of an estate, esp the giving up of a lease before its term has expired
- the giving up to the appropriate authority of a fugitive from justice
- the act of surrendering or being surrendered to bail
- the deed by which a legal surrender is effected
Word Origin and History for surrender
early 15c., legalese, "a giving up" (of an estate, land grant, interest in property, etc.), from Anglo-French surrendre infinitive used as a noun, from Old French surrendre "give up, deliver over" (see surrender (v.)).