V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to surrender on certain terms; 2. to give in unwillingly

Synonyms: surrender, consent, yield, acquiesce, succumb

Antonyms: stand firm

Tips: Capitulate comes from the French word capituler, which means “to come to terms.” When you capitulate, you give in to certain terms and conditions, usually unwillingly. The noun form is capitulation and means "a giving in." Capitulate is really a more sophisticated way of denoting surrender to someone else's wishes. When you capitulate, you give up on your own plans or ideas and reluctantly decide to go along with someone else's idea despite not agreeing with it. Capitulate is similar to acquiesce, succumb, and accede. See analysis at acquiesce and succumb.

Usage Examples:

I would rather resign from this account than capitulate to the client’s unreasonable demands. (yield, succumb)

We need to put together an agreement that will end this dispute and allow the other side to capitulate without residual animosity. (consent, yield)

Management finally capitulated to the staff's demands for higher pay. (surrendered, succumbed)

It was clear that there would be no capitulation from either side. (giving in, surrendering) noun

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