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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: , past participle of capitulare 'to divide up into named parts', from Late Latin capitulum ( CHAPTER); from the making of a peace agreement with several parts


ca‧pit‧u‧late [intransitive]
1 formal to accept or agree to something that you have been opposing for a long time [= give in]:
Helen finally capitulated and let her son have a car.
2 formal to accept defeat by your enemies in a war [= surrender]
capitulation noun [uncountable and countable]

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