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capitulate to (someone or something)

To yield or submit to someone or something. Sometimes, you just need to capitulate to your family, in order to keep the peace. I will never capitulate to your outrageous demands!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

capitulate to someone or something

to surrender or submit to someone or something. The general finally capitulated to the enemy. I won't capitulate in this argument.
See also: capitulate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Not even when we think of the kind of wholesale capitulatory reversal which we have witnessed in the former Soviet Union can we succumb to the view that the initial contradictions have been surmounted.
capitulatory rights (an infamous imperialist device giving Western powers extraterritorial rights in the former Ottoman Empire) would automatically be reinstated.
11), is optimistic and radical, rather than capitulatory. The modern self, he contends, withdraws from participation in the world not, as might be expected, to be forgotten or eradicated, but for the purposes of preservation and retrenchment with the possibility of future re-emergence.
In the 1920s, the position of the State Department as put forth by Allen Dulles, the head of the Near Eastern Division, was that the United States had only a few specific interests in Palestine among which were "philanthropic and commercial interests as well as capitulatory and other rights." Zionist activity was not among these interests.
in achieving this, it completes and thus justifies the poet's imperialistic - or capitulatory - move toward the "nonpoetic."
As has often been noted, the conclusion of the Turkamanchay treaty in 1828 also entailed serious international consequences for Iran since it served as the basis for unequal diplomatic and commercial relations best symbolized by the capitulatory rights secured by the European powers.