American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To surrender under specified conditions; come to terms.
- v. To give up all resistance; acquiesce. See Synonyms at yield.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
- Having a capitulum or knob. Specifically
- 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.
- v. obsolete To draw up in chapters; to enumerate.
- v. obsolete To draw up the articles of treaty with; to treat, bargain, parley.
- v. To agree terms of surrender; to end all resistance, to give up; to go along with or comply.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To settle or draw up the heads or terms of an agreement, as in chapters or articles; to agree.
- v. To surrender on terms agreed upon (usually, drawn up under several heads).
- v. rare To surrender or transfer, as an army or a fortress, on certain conditions.
- v. surrender under agreed conditions
- From the participle stem of Medieval Latin capitulare ("draw up under headings"), from Latin capitulum ("heading, chapter, title"), diminutive of caput ("head"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin capitulāre, capitulāt-, to draw up in chapters, from capitulum, chapter; see chapter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Proponents think that if the alliance expands to include Georgia and Ukraine, the West will have "gotten the better of Russia," while to exclude those nations would be to "capitulate" to Moscow.”
“We've all seen it, papers that could not have been written by an eighth grader, using words such as capitulate and manipulate, when the child cannot even spell cap and man correctly in person!”
“So, this may be more about their inability to secure a locale than a desire to "capitulate" to the Cheney clan.”
“However, the insurer's executives say Goldman refused to accept prices from other dealers and eventually AIG had to "capitulate".”
“In a statement on the Kindle Community website, Amazon says it must "capitulate" to Macmillan's demand to charge”
“Amazon had posted a note on its site on Sunday saying that it would ultimately "capitulate" to Macmillan's demand for higher prices on e-books.”
“Macmillan's CEO stood his ground, and explained his thinking in an open letter, and Amazon was forced to "capitulate" and return Macmillan books to the store.”
“Firstly it paints itself as the victim, having to "capitulate" to demands that it clearly wishes the public to think of as unreasonable.”
“In a statement on the Kindle Community website, Amazon says it must "capitulate" to Macmillan's demand to charge $12-$15 for an e-book version of a new hardcover, or bestseller.”
“Sunday evening, Amazon announced that it would have to "capitulate" to Macmillan, "because Macmillan has a monopoly over its own titles.”
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