surrender

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun the act of giving up of an insurance policy before the contracted date for maturity

Law

  • noun the abandonment of legal rights, especially the giving up of a lease or an insurance policy before it has expired
  • verb to give in a document or a right

Military

  • verb to stop fighting and hand oneself over to the enemy

Politics

  • verb to hand over something to someone

Origin & History of “surrender”

To surrender is etymologically to ‘give up’. The word was borrowed from Old French surrendre ‘deliver over, give up’, a compound verb formed from the prefix sur- ‘over’ and rendre ‘give, deliver’ (source of English render).
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