sur·ren·der (s-rndr) KEY
sur·ren·dered, sur·ren·der·ing, sur·ren·ders
Middle English surrenderen, from Old French surrendre : sur-, sur- + rendre, to deliver ; see render
surrender, submission, capitulation
These nouns denote the act of giving up one's person, one's possessions, or people under one's command to the authority, power, or control of another. Surrender is the most general: "No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted" (Ulysses S. Grant). Submission stresses the subordination of the side that has yielded: "Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission" (George Washington). Capitulation implies surrender under specific prearranged conditions: Lack of food and ammunition forced the capitulation of the rebels. See also Synonyms at relinquish.