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Meaning of surrender by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    Anglo-Norman, representing Old French surrendre, from sur- + rendre ‘render’ .


    • IPA: /səˈrɛndə/


    surrender ( third-person singular simple present surrenders present participle surrendering, simple past and past participle surrendered )

    1. ( transitive ) To give up into the power, control, or possession of another; specifically ( Military ) to yield ( land, a town, etc. ) to an enemy .
    2. ( intransitive or reflexive ) To give oneself up into the power of another, especially as a prisoner; to submit or give in to .



    surrender ( plural: surrenders )

    1. An act of surrendering, submission into the possession of another; abandonment, resignation .
    2. The yielding or delivery of a possession in response to a demand .
    3. ( law, property law ) The yielding of the leasehold estate by the lessee to the landlord, so that the tenancy for years merges in the reversion and no longer exists .


Explanation of surrender by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another

    2. The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered
    3. relinquish possession or control over

    4. The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in
    1. the act of surrendering ( usually under agreed conditions )

    2. the delivery of a principal into lawful custody

    3. a verbal act of admitting defeat

    4. acceptance of despair

    Definition of surrender by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Surrender v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surrendered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surrendering.] [OF. surrendre to deliver; sur over + rendre to render. See Sur-, and Render.]
      1. To yield to the power of another; to give or deliver up possession of ( anything ) upon compulsion or demand; as, “to surrender one's person to an enemy or to an officer; to surrender a fort or a ship”.

      2. To give up possession of; to yield; to resign; as, “to surrender a right, privilege, or advantage”.

      To surrender up that right which otherwise their founders might have in them. Hooker.

      3. To yield to any influence, emotion, passion, or power; -- used reflexively; as, “to surrender one's self to grief, to despair, to indolence, or to sleep”.

      4. ( Law ) To yield; to render or deliver up; to give up; as, “a principal surrendered by his bail, a fugitive from justice by a foreign state, or a particular estate by the tenant thereof to him in remainder or reversion”.

    2. Surrender, v. i. To give up one's self into the power of another; to yield; as, “the enemy, seeing no way of escape, surrendered at the first summons”.

    3. Surrender, n.
      1. The act of surrendering; the act of yielding, or resigning one's person, or the possession of something, into the power of another; as, “the surrender of a castle to an enemy; the surrender of a right”.

      That he may secure some liberty he makes a surrender in trust of the whole of it. Burke.

      2. ( Law ) The yielding of a particular estate to him who has an immediate estate in remainder or reversion. The giving up of a principal into lawful custody by his bail. The delivery up of fugitives from justice by one government to another, as by a foreign state. See Extradition. Wharton.

      3. ( Insurance ) The voluntary cancellation of the legal liability of the company by the insured and beneficiary for a consideration ( called the surrender value ).