Definition of Surrender

1. Noun. Acceptance of despair.

Exact synonyms: Resignation
Generic synonyms: Despair
Specialized synonyms: Defeatism
Derivative terms: Resign

2. Verb. Give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another. "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered"
Exact synonyms: Give Up
Specialized synonyms: Abnegate, Concede, Capitulate
Generic synonyms: Yield
Antonyms: Resist
Derivative terms: Surrenderer

3. Noun. A verbal act of admitting defeat.
Exact synonyms: Giving Up, Yielding
Generic synonyms: Relinquishing, Relinquishment
Derivative terms: Yield

4. Verb. Relinquish possession or control over. "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
Exact synonyms: Cede, Deliver, Give Up
Generic synonyms: Gift, Give, Present
Specialized synonyms: Yield Up, Sell, Sign Away, Sign Over
Derivative terms: Cession, Surrenderer

5. Noun. The delivery of a principal into lawful custody.
Specialized synonyms: Extradition
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Legal Transfer, Livery

6. Noun. The act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions). "They were protected until the capitulation of the fort"
Exact synonyms: Capitulation, Fall
Generic synonyms: Loss
Derivative terms: Capitulate, Fall, Fall, Fall

Definition of Surrender

1. v. t. 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. 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. n. 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.

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

Definition of Surrender

1. Verb. (transitive) To give up into the power, control, or possession of another; specifically (''Military'') to yield (land, a town, etc.) to an enemy. ¹

2. Verb. (qualifier intransitive or reflexive) To give oneself up into the power of another, especially as a prisoner; to submit or give in to. ¹

3. Noun. An act of surrendering, submission into the possession of another; abandonment, resignation. ¹

4. Noun. The yielding or delivery of a possession in response to a demand. ¹

5. Noun. (legal 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. ¹

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Definition of Surrender

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Surrender

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1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, William Draper Lewis (1902)
"A surrender, (9) by an admittance subsequent whereto the conveyance is to receive its perfection and confirmation, is rather a manifestation of the ..."

2. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1866)
"Reasons to suppose that General Lee had predetermined a surrender on moving from Richmond ... —How the news of surrender was received in the Yankee army. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1904)
"Either that provision solely related to proof of debts embraced in the previous surrender clause or it did not. If it did. then the expression of the ..."

4. Life Insurance: A Textbook by Solomon Stephen Huebner (1915)
"Reasons Justifying a surrender Charge.— Three prominent reasons have been advanced why the company during the earlier years of the policy should make the ..."

5. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1922)
"Ct. 141, C3 L, Ed. 352, we have held that the surrender value of a policy not In terms payable to the bankrupt, but which could be made so payable at ..."

6. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses Simpson Grant (1886)
"When news of the surrender first reached our lines our men commenced firing a ... The fac-simile of the terms of Lee's surrender inserted at this place, ..."

7. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant (1998)
"When news of the surrender first reached our lines our men commenced firing a ... The fac-simile of the terms of Lee's surrender inserted at this place, ..."

8. A Treatise on Copyhold, Customary Freehold, and Ancient Demesne Tenure: With by John Scriven, Henry Stalman (1846)
"And if there be any variation between the surrender and admittance, the estate will be according to the surrender; as if the grant be to the ..."

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