surrender to (someone or something)

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surrender to (someone or something)

To submit or yield to the power, influence, or authority of someone or something. The manhunt ended when the escaped convict surrendered to authorities in a nearby motel. You don't need a complicated diet to lose weight, just learn how to avoid surrendering to your cravings for unhealthy food.
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surrender someone or something to someone or something

to give up someone or something to someone or something. You must surrender your child to the nurse for the child's own good. She will give her right back. He surrendered his car to the bank.
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surrender to someone or something

to give in to someone or something; to yield to someone or something. The robber surrendered to the cops. I will never surrender to my baser passions.
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surrender to

1. To relinquish possession or control of something to someone or something because of demand or compulsion: The commander surrendered the valley to the opposing forces.
2. To submit to the control or authority of someone or something: The army surrendered to the enemy after they lost the key battle. I hope the suspect surrenders to the police soon.
3. To give over or resign oneself, as to an emotion. Used reflexively: When I lost my parents, I surrendered myself to grief.
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IN THE SPRING OF 1945, with the US Army closing in on the so-called Redoubt area of Bavaria, a senior German officer was waiting to surrender to someone who would recognise the value of the secrets he possessed.
Particularly when it affects things that we perceive as having a certain smartness or intellectual value; things we're used to doing ourselves but must surrender to someone else -- or worse, to something else.