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From Old French surrendre, from sur- + rendre (render). Noun use is from Anglo-Norman. Displaced native Old English handgang (noun) and on hand gān (verb).

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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.
    Synonyms: hand over, overgive
  2. (military, by extension, transitive) To yield (a town, a fortification, etc.) to an enemy.
  3. (intransitive or reflexive) To give oneself up into the power of another, especially as a prisoner; to submit or give in.
    Synonyms: strike one's flag, wave the white flag
    Don't shoot! I surrender!
  4. (transitive) To give up possession of; to yield; to resign.
    to surrender a right, privilege, or advantage
  5. (reflexive) To yield (oneself) to an influence, emotion, passion, etc.
    to surrender oneself to grief, to despair, to indolence, or to sleep
  6. (transitive, intransitive, blackjack) To abandon (one's hand of cards) and recover half of the initial bet.
  7. (transitive, insurance) For a policyholder, to voluntarily terminate an insurance contract before the end of its term, usually with the expectation of receiving a surrender value.

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surrender (countable and uncountable, 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.

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