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Dictionary Definition



1 acceptance of despair [syn: resignation]
2 a verbal act of admitting defeat [syn: giving up, yielding]
3 the delivery of a principal into lawful custody
4 the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions); "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort" [syn: capitulation, fall]


1 give up or agree to forego to the power or possession of another; "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered" [syn: give up] [ant: resist]
2 relinquish possession or control over; "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in" [syn: cede, deliver, give up]
3 relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another [syn: relinquish]

User Contributed Dictionary



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




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


transitive: to give up into the power, control, or possession of another
  • Estonian: loovutama
  • Finnish: luovuttaa
  • Japanese: qualifier military 降服する, 投降する; qualifier criminal 自首する; qualifier property 譲渡する, 放棄する
  • Russian: сдавать , сдать
intransitive or reflexive: to give oneself up into the power of another
  • Estonian: alistuma
  • Finnish: antautua
  • Japanese: qualifier military 降服する, 投降する; qualifier criminal 自首する; qualifier property 譲渡する, 放棄する
  • Russian: сдаваться , сдаться
  • Spanish: rendirse
  • Swedish: ge sig


  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.


an act of surrendering
the yielding or delivery of a possession in response to a demand
law, property law: the yielding of the leasehold estate by the lessee to the landlord
  • Finnish: luovutus
  • Japanese: qualifier property 譲渡

Extensive Definition

Surrender or surrendering may refer to:

In music

In computers

  • "SurRender", a commercial 3D rendering engine from Hybrid that was available in the late '90s, before being abandoned. See also: dPVS

In books

Distinguish from

  • The Indian man's name Surindar or Surender or similar.
surrender in French: Surrender
surrender in Polish: Surrender
surrender in Portuguese: Surrender

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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