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to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
to give up resistance:
He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.
Contemporary Examples

Why Did Netanyahu Release Palestinian Prisoners? Abraham Katsman August 5, 2013
‘A Hijacking,’ the Somali Pirate Movie Without Tom Hanks, Is Fantastic Tom Sykes July 14, 2013
Sanctions Make War More Likely Trita Parsi March 22, 2012
‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’ Eileen Cronin April 7, 2014
This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014 Mythili Rao December 21, 2014

Historical Examples

In the Shadow of Death P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
Winning a Cause John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Adventures of Roderick Random Tobias Smollett

(intransitive) to surrender, esp under agreed conditions
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