From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsurrendersur‧ren‧der1 /səˈrendə $ -ər/ ●●○ verb 1 [intransitive]PMLOSE A GAME, COMPETITION, OR WAR to say officially that you want to stop fighting, because you realize that you cannot win Germany surrendered on May 7th, 1945. The terrorists were given ten minutes to surrender.2 [intransitive, transitive] to go to the police or the authorities, and say that you want to stop trying to escape from themsurrender (yourself) to somebody He immediately surrendered himself to the authorities.3 [transitive]GIVE to give up something or someone, especially because you are forced to They agreed to surrender their weapons. She was reluctant to surrender her independence. Marchers who had cameras were forced to surrender their film.4 → surrender to something5 [transitive] formalPGO to give something such as a ticket or a passport to an officialsurrender something to somebody Steir voluntarily surrendered his license to the State.THESAURUSsurrender to say officially that you want to stop fighting, especially in a war, because you realize that you cannot win – used about people and countriesTwo days later, the rebels surrendered.Japan surrendered in August 1945.give in to accept that you cannot win a game, argument, fight etc and stop trying to win it The players refused to give in and eventually won the game 4-3 in extra time.The negotiations went on for days and neither side was prepared to give in.admit/accept defeat to accept that you have not won somethingIn July 1905, Russia admitted defeat in its war with Japan.She wanted to run for the Presidency and refused to accept defeat.concede formal to say that you are not going to win a game, argument, election etc, so that it officially endsHe was forced to concede the match.Davis conceded defeat in the election. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussurrender• Many of the most-feared militants were shot, and more than 700 of them surrendered.• Finally, on April 16th, the enemy surrendered.• They promised to abide by the peace agreement and surrender all their weapons to the occupying forces.• All three gunmen had surrendered by the end of the day.• Ventura has agreed to surrender custody of all six of her children.• In 1637, when Stanhope was persuaded to surrender his patent, Witherings took control of the whole postal system.• Six armed proctors surround me and demand I surrender my blank examination-book.• The President has indicated that he intends to surrender power on February 7th.• But the starkness of the imagery also surrenders symbolic overtones.• But the people of Glastonbury aren't going to surrender their king without a fight, as Clare Lafferty reports.• 19 rebels hiding in the Czech embassy surrendered to the authorities.• Whipped by bad fortune, surrendering to the inexorable gravity of downward-sliding consequences, Edna enforced home order without compromise.• They told Weary that he and Billy had better find somebody to surrender to.surrender something to somebody• The court ordered Bond to surrender his passport to the authorities.