Meaning of “surrender” in the English Dictionary

"surrender" in British English

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surrenderverb

uk /sərˈen.dər/ us /səˈren.dɚ/

surrender verb (ACCEPT DEFEAT)

C2 [ I ] to stop fighting and admit defeat:

They would rather die than surrender (to the invaders).

[ 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 piece of chocolate.

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  • The rebels' ammunition is almost finished and it is only a matter of time before they surrender.
  • After their defeat in battle, the soldiers surrendered.
  • They laid down their weapons and surrendered.
  • The troops in front of us either surrendered or offered only token resistance.

surrendernoun [ C or U ]

uk /sərˈen.dər/ us /səˈren.dɚ/

(Definition of “surrender” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"surrender" in American English

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surrenderverb

us /səˈren·dər/

surrender verb (ACCEPT DEFEAT)

[ I ] to stop fighting and accept defeat:

They would rather die than surrender.

surrender verb (GIVE)

[ T ] to give something that is yours to someone else, usually because you have been forced to do so:

U.S. Magistrate Celeste Bremer restricted Gruenwald’s travel and ordered that he surrender his passport.

surrendernoun [ C/U ]

us /səˈren·dər/

an agreement to stop fighting and accept defeat:

[ C ] Robert E. Lee’s surrender, which ended the Civil War, was one of the most important events in American history.

(Definition of “surrender” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"surrender" in Business English

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surrenderverb [ T ]

uk /səˈrendər/ us

to give up something or control over something:

Generally, the amount paid by the lessee to surrender the lease will be liable to capital gains tax.
Britain may be forced to surrender at least some of its voting power in the IMF.
surrender sth to sb He was granted bail, on condition that he surrender his passport to the authorities.

INSURANCE to end an insurance policy early, before its original end date:

Policy-holders who need to dispose of their policies can see if they would do better to sell rather than surrender the policy.

FINANCE to lose value:

Yesterday on the money markets the euro surrendered its earlier gains against the dollar.

surrendernoun [ C or U ]

uk /səˈrendər/ us

the act of giving up something, or giving control of something to someone else:

The penalty for early surrender of pensions remains at 25%.
The union was forced into a surrender of some recent gains in the latest round of negotiations.

INSURANCE the act of ending an insurance policy early, before its original end date:

You will have to pay a fee for the early surrender of your policy.

(Definition of “surrender” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)