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  • To end all resistance; to give up; to go along with or comply; may imply compliance with an enemy or to end all resistance because of loss of hope
         He argued and hollered for so long that I finally capitulated just to make him stop.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Ca*pit"u*late (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Capitulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Capitulating.] [LL. capitulatus, p. p. of capitulare to capitulate: cf. F. capituler. See Capitular, n.] 1. To settle or draw up the heads or terms of an agreement, as in chapters or articles; to agree. [Obs.]

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.

2. 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.

Ca*pit"u*late, v. t. To surrender or transfer, as an army or a fortress, on certain conditions. [R.]

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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