intransitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare to distinguish by heads or chapters, from Late Latin capitulum Date: 1596 1. archaic parley, negotiate 2. a. to surrender often after negotiation of terms b. to cease resisting ; acquiesce Synonyms: see yield

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Capitulate — Ca*pit u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Capitulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Capitulating}.] [LL. capitulatus, p. p. of capitulare to capitulate: cf. F. capituler. See {Capitular}, n.] 1. To settle or draw up the heads or terms of an agreement, as in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capitulate — Ca*pit u*late, v. t. To surrender or transfer, as an army or a fortress, on certain conditions. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capitulate — index accede (concede), defer (yield in judgment), forfeit, quit (discontinue), resign, submit (yield) …   Law dictionary

  • capitulate — (v.) 1570s, to draw up in chapters (i.e., under heads ), from M.L. capitulatus, pp. of capitulare to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions (see CAPITULATION (Cf. capitulation)). Often of terms of surrender, hence meaning to yield on… …   Etymology dictionary

  • capitulate — submit, *yield, succumb, relent, defer, bow, cave Analogous words: surrender, abandon, waive, cede (see RELINQUISH) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • capitulate — [v] give in bow, buckle under, cave in, cede, come across, come to terms, concede, defer, fold, give away the store*, give out, give up, knuckle under, put out, relent, submit, succumb, surrender, yield; concepts 35,83 Ant. defend, fight …   New thesaurus

  • capitulate — ► VERB ▪ give in to an opponent or an unwelcome demand. DERIVATIVES capitulation noun capitulator noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «parley»: from Latin capitulare draw up under headings , from caput head …   English terms dictionary

  • capitulate — [kə pich′yoo lāt΄, kəpich′ə lāt΄] vi. capitulated, capitulating [< LL capitulatus, pp. of capitulare, to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions < capitulum: see CAPITULAR] 1. to give up (to an enemy) on prearranged conditions;… …   English World dictionary

  • capitulate — v. (D; intr.) to capitulate to (to capitulate to the enemy) * * * [kə pɪtjʊleɪt] (D; intr.) to capitulate to (to capitulate to the enemy) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • capitulate — UK [kəˈpɪtjʊleɪt] / US [kəˈpɪtʃəˌleɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms capitulate : present tense I/you/we/they capitulate he/she/it capitulates present participle capitulating past tense capitulated past participle capitulated formal 1) to stop… …   English dictionary

  • capitulate — ca|pit|u|late [ kə pıtʃə,leıt ] verb intransitive FORMAL 1. ) to stop opposing what someone wants and agree to it, usually because they are stronger than you: The police capitulated and allowed the march to go ahead. capitulate to: We will not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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