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verb     surrender pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
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 U.S. 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.

  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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