Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “surrender”


verb (ACCEPT DEFEAT)    /sərˈen.dər/ US  /səˈren.dɚ/
C2 [I] to stop fighting and admit defeat : They would rather die than surrender (to the invaders ).Stopping fighting [I] If you surrender to an experience or emotion , you stop trying to prevent or control it: I finally surrendered to temptation , and ate the last remaining chocolate .Accepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
(Definition of surrender verb (ACCEPT DEFEAT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of surrender

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Accepting & agreeing reluctantly, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing agreement & support topic area:

More definitions for “surrender”

Definitions of “surrender” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


to pour liquid slowly over something, especially in a thin line or in small drops

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More