surrender: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (su-ren'dur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  2. to give (oneself&hasp;) up, as to the police.
  3. to give (oneself&hasp;) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship.
  4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
  5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.
  1. to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.
  1. the act or an instance of surrendering.
  2. the voluntary abandonment of a life-insurance policy by the owner for any of its nonforfeiture values.
  3. the deed by which a legal surrendering is made.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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