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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v capitulate surrender under agreed conditions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Capitulate To settle or draw up the heads or terms of an agreement, as in chapters or articles; to agree. "There capitulates with the king . . . to take to wife his daughter Mary.""There is no reason why the reducing of any agreement to certain heads or capitula should not be called to capitulate ."
    • Capitulate To surrender on terms agreed upon (usually, drawn up under several heads); as, an army or a garrison capitulates . "The Irish, after holding out a week, capitulated ."
    • v. t Capitulate To surrender or transfer, as an army or a fortress, on certain conditions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • capitulate To draw up a writing in chapters, heads, or articles; hence, to draw up articles of agreement; arrange terms of agreement; treat; also, to enter into an agreement; confederate.
    • capitulate To surrender to an enemy on stipulated conditions. Used especially regarding an army or a garrison, when the terms of surrender are specified and agreed to by the parties.
    • capitulate Having a capitulum or knob. Specifically
    • capitulate In botany, head-like: applied to the apothecium of a lichen when it is irregularly rounded or globular and seated on the apex of a stem-like portion of the thallus, as in Cladonia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Capitulate kap-it′ūl-āt to treat: to draw up terms of agreement: to yield or surrender on certain conditions or heads
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “I will be conquered; I will not capitulate.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. capitulatus, p. p. of capitulare, to capitulate: cf. F. capituler,. See Capitular (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. capitulatus, pa.p. of capitulāre, to arrange under heads—capitulum, a chapter.


In literature:

Buller had failed at Vaalkrantz, and the diamond men of Kimberley were threatening to capitulate.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
For this we are to look at the capitulations of Mentz and Valenciennes, made in the course of the present campaign.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It was the most tremendous capitulation known in history.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
The Archbishop and some of the officers got into the citadel, and there they negotiated a capitulation.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 72, October, 1863" by Various
If we don't worry her too much she is sure to capitulate.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
After an honourable resistance the garrison capitulated, and marched out with colours flying (March 30).
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
There is nothing for it but surrender, if we can obtain honourable terms of capitulation.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Vienna, unable to resist, capitulated.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
We capitulated, the station agent loaned us a revolver, we left our friends behind us and started on our journey.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
The Flemish army, after several severe checks, capitulated to evacuate the kingdom.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
To Hal it meant the final capitulation to the forces against which he had been fighting since his first enlightenment.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Three weeks later, confronted by overwhelming numbers, he was forced to capitulate at Saratoga, whither he had retreated.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
On its capitulation Henry pushed on to Bordeaux.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
The conditions of capitulation were soon arranged.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
Champlain had agreed to capitulate without firing.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
Capitulations or no Capitulations, the European charged with a criminal offence must be tried either by European judges or an European jury.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
The garrison of Pizzighitone, seeing themselves effectually cut off from the Austrian army, capitulated.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
This was the beginning of the foreign Capitulations.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
Next morning Bougainville sought Amherst's tent and presented a bulky paper containing fifty-five articles of capitulation.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Five days later the city capitulated.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye

In poetry:

No need to bid him show the scars
Of blows dealt by the Scaean gate,
Who lived to pass its shattered bars,
And see the foe capitulate:
"California's Greeting To Seward" by Francis Bret Harte
Since that capitulation,
No city in this nation
So grand a reputation could boast before,
As Limerick prodigious,
That stands with quays and bridges,
And the ships up to the windies of the Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Swaps traders are capitulating to Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS) as bigger-than-forecast declines in wholesale prices prompts them to push out their bets on when the central bank will raise interest rates.
Obama wouldn't capitulate to Senate, ignored Recess Clause.
Treasury Bears Capitulate as Fed Buying Meets Cliff Worries.
The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.
The Pakistani government's capitulation to the Taliban becomes more frightening by the minute.
In 1940, a war-weary Britain was on the verge of capitulation.
We lost the battle not the war but the way Republicans are capitulating one would think we lost the war.
With the "fiscal cliff" looming, the conventional wisdom is that the president capitulated during the last tax-cut fight.
Obama wouldn't capitulate to Senate, ignored Recess Clause .
After last season's ill-advised capitulation in the US Open Cup, the Red Bulls have vowed to take this year's competition more seriously.
Kiwi Bears Capitulate as Wheeler Surrenders to Flows: Currencies.
If Barack Obama had been the Democratic president who said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," Republicans would call it capitulation.
My colleague Bryan Fitzgerald reports that Occupy Albany has been issued a permit to stay in Academy Park through Dec 22, something of a capitulation by the protesters to city authorities.
In a few weeks, the two-month payroll tax holiday extension Congress granted expires, and House Republicans have to decide whether to stop it or capitulate.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert says in his State of the State Speech Wednesday night the state should not capitulate to federal authority when it exceeds the limited powers granted by the constitution.

In science:

There is thus, by Hilbert’s Theorem 94, an ideal of order q of Q(ζ, ξ ) which capitulates in this extension (see e.g. [Wa], Exercise 9.3).
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation
Consequently, doing probability on MS instead of G is has a certain air of capitulation to it.
Generic Phenomena in Groups -- Some Answers and Many Questions