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capitulate

[kuh-pich-uh-leyt] /kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), capitulated, capitulating.
1.
to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
2.
to give up resistance:
He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job my way.
Origin
1570-1580
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.
Synonyms
2. yield, acquiesce, accede, give in.
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capitulate

/kəˈpɪtjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(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 uncapitulated

capitulate

v.

1570s, "to draw up in chapters" (i.e., under "heads"), in part a back-formation from capitulation, in part from Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare "to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions." Often of terms of surrender, hence meaning "to yield on stipulated terms" (1680s). Related: Capitulated; capitulating.

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