January 12, 2017
capitulate (verb)
\kuh-PICH-uh-layt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to surrender usually on terms agreed upon in advance
How do you use it?
"‘As I expect you are aware,' Mrs. Weidenbach said, warming up, ‘my family descends from Captain Crow, who was at Yorktown when Cornwallis capitulated.'" (Richard Peck, _A Year Down Yonder_)
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Which one of these words do you think means something very close to "capitulate"?

Don't try to resist D. When you use "yield," you mean that you are giving way or giving in to physical force, argument, or persuasion. ("They refused to yield to political pressure.") If you use "capitulate," you mean that you either come to terms with an opponent or surrender due to overwhelming odds. ("The corporation capitulated to the striking workers.") You can also use "submit," which means that you give in to the will of another and go against your own wishes. ("They submitted to the plan under protest.")
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