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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Definitions for capitulate

  1. To surrender under agreed conditions.

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Citations for capitulate
Just before peace talks on Kosovo are due to resume, the United States and its allies are sending contradictory signals to Belgrade, making it less likely that President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia will capitulate on American terms. Steven Erlanger, New York Times
I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
Origin of capitulate
1570-1580
We say "capitulate" because the terms (of surrender) were drawn up in capitula, which is Latin for "chapters." Chapter itself is related to capitulate.