: to stop fighting an enemy or opponent : to admit that an enemy or opponent has won
Full Definition of CAPITULATE
Examples of CAPITULATE
- The country still refuses to capitulate despite its weakening army and dwindling resources.
- The teacher refused to capitulate: no calculators were to be used during the exam.
Origin of CAPITULATE
Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare to distinguish by heads or chapters, from Late Latin capitulum
First Known Use: 1596