[ suh-ren-der ]
/ səˈrɛn dər /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.


Origin of surrender

1425–75; (v.) late Middle English surrendren < Anglo-French surrender, Old French surrendre to give up, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + rendre to render1; (noun) < Anglo-French; Old French surrendre, noun use of the infinitive

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See yield. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surrender


/ (səˈrɛndə) /



Derived Forms

surrenderer, noun

Word Origin for surrender

C15: from Old French surrendre to yield, from sur- 1 + rendre to render
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