To surrender is to give up control of something to someone else. If you miss curfew, your parents might make you surrender the keys to the car. Okay, it's only a minivan, but it's still cooler than being on foot patrol.

If you want someone to give up, you might order them to surrender. The witch in the Wizard of Oz wrote "Surrender Dorothy!" in the sky above the Emerald City. You can use the noun surrender when you give up on a task. For example, if you are cleaning the house, but every time you finish a room, the kids mess up another, you can throw your hands up and declare, "I surrender!"

Definitions of surrender
  1. verb
    relinquish possession or control over
    “The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in”
    synonyms: cede, deliver, give up
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    yield up
    surrender, as a result of pressure or force
    give up for a price or reward
    sign away, sign over
    formally assign ownership of
    type of:
    gift, give, present
    give as a present; make a gift of
  2. verb
    give up; agree to stop fighting or resisting
    “The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered
    synonyms: give up
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    hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    surrender (power or a position)
    acknowledge defeat
    surrender under agreed conditions
    type of:
    cease opposition; stop fighting
  3. noun
    the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
    synonyms: capitulation, fall
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    type of:
    the act of losing someone or something
  4. noun
    acceptance of despair
    synonyms: resignation
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    acceptance of the inevitability of defeat
    type of:
    the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
  5. noun
    the delivery of a principal into lawful custody
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    the surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another (usually under the provisions of a statute or treaty)
    type of:
    delivery, legal transfer, livery
    the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
  6. noun
    a verbal act of admitting defeat
    synonyms: giving up, yielding
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    type of:
    relinquishing, relinquishment
    a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.
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