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[kuh-pich-uh-leyt] /kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), capitulated, capitulating.
to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
to give up resistance:
He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.
1570-80; < Medieval Latin capitulātus (past participle of capitulāre to draw up in sections), equivalent to capitul(um) section (literally, small head; see capitulum) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
capitulant, noun
capitulator, noun
uncapitulated, adjective
uncapitulating, adjective
Can be confused
capitulate, recapitulate.
2. yield, acquiesce, accede, give in. Unabridged
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Examples for capitulating
  • The thinking is that capitulating keeps a lid on news coverage and helps to prevent unrest from spreading.
  • Thank you for not capitulating from the peoples stance on a balanced budget amendment.
  • capitulating to the town's charm, they purchase a badly deteriorated house.
British Dictionary definitions for capitulating


(intransitive) to surrender, esp under agreed conditions
Derived Forms
capitulator, noun
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: to arrange under heads, draw up in order; hence, to make terms of surrender): from Medieval Latin capitulare to draw up under heads, from capitulumchapter
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Word Origin and History for capitulating
1580, "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). Often of terms of surrender, hence meaning "to yield on stipulated terms" (1689). Capitulated is from 1586; capitulating from 1654.
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