cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority:over 140 rebels surrendered to the authorities
[with object] give up or hand over (a person, right, or possession), typically on compulsion or demand:in 1815 Denmark surrendered Norway to Swedenthey refused to surrender their weapons
[with object] (in a sports contest) lose (a point, game, or advantage):she surrendered only twenty games in her five qualifying matches
(surrender to) abandon oneself entirely to (a powerful emotion or influence); give in to:he was surprised that Miriam should surrender to this sort of jealousyhe surrendered himself to the mood of the hills
[with object] (of an insured person) cancel (a life insurance policy) and receive back a proportion of the premiums paid.
the action of surrendering.
the action of surrendering a life insurance policy.
late Middle English (chiefly in legal use): from Anglo-Norman French (see sur-1, render)