Word of the Day: CAPITULATE


verb \kə-ˈpi-chə-ˌlāt\

: to stop fighting an enemy or opponent : to admit that an enemy or opponent has won

: to stop trying to fight or resist something : to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing

ca·pit·u·lat·ed  ca·pit·u·lat·ing

Full Definition of CAPITULATE

intransitive verb
1 archaic :  parley, negotiate
2a :  to surrender often after negotiation of terms
 b :  to cease resisting :  acquiesce

Examples of CAPITULATE

  1. The country still refuses to capitulate despite its weakening army and dwindling resources.
  2. The teacher refused to capitulate: no calculators were to be used during the exam.


Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare to distinguish by heads or chapters, from Late Latin capitulum

First Known Use: 1596



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