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verb surrender pronunciation in British English /səˈrendə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysurrender
he/she/itsurrenders
present participlesurrendering
past tensesurrendered
past participlesurrendered
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to say officially that you have been defeated and will stop fighting
    Rebel forces have surrendered after three years of fighting.
    surrender to: The gang leaders finally surrendered to the authorities.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to give control over a place or person to someone who has defeated you
      surrender something/someone to someone: They offered to surrender the general to US troops.
      surrender yourself: He voluntarily surrendered himself to state police.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to give something to someone in authority because you have to
    Both sides will have to surrender their weapons.
    surrender something to someone: The regions refused to surrender their powers to central government.
    1. a.
      formal to give a document to someone in authority who does not give it back to you
      She was ordered to surrender her passport.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] literary to allow yourself to show your feelings and to do what you really want to do
    surrender to: She surrendered to grief.
    surrender yourself: He surrendered himself to her kisses.
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