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Dictionary Definition

capitulate v : surrender under agreed conditions

User Contributed Dictionary



From capitulum < caput "head"


  • italbrac RP /kəˈpɪt.jʊ.leɪt/ or /kəˈpɪt.jə.leɪt/
  • italbrac US /kəˈpɪtʃ.jʊ.leɪt/ or /kəˈpɪtʃ.jə.leɪt/


  1. To end all resistance; to give up; to go along with or comply; may imply compliance with an enemy or to end all resistance because of loss of hope
    He argued and hollered for so long that I finally capitulated just to make him stop.


Extensive Definition

Capitulation or Capitulations may have the following special meanings.
capitulate in French: Capitulation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, acknowledge defeat, acquiesce, beg a truce, bow, cave, cede, come to terms, concede, cry pax, cry quits, defer, give in, give over, give up, implore mercy, knuckle, knuckle under, pray for quarter, relent, relinquish, renounce, say uncle, submit, succumb, surrender, yield, yield the palm
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