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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

surrender to

v.
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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"What will become of you if you don't surrender to us?" I asked.
Tomoyuki Yamashita's formal surrender to US Army Maj.
Summary: Erdogan faces a dilemma: surrender to US diktats or align with Russia, China and Iran
President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Iran will not surrender to US pressure and will not abandon its goals, even if it is bombed.
But when he learned about it [through news reports], he convinced him to surrender to us,' Nicart said.
Iran is definitely not like other regional countries that would surrender to US bribery under threats," he stressed.
Trump has indicated that he would flout America's NATO obligations, disregard institutions of global governance, and treat negotiations with other countries as ceremonies of surrender to US positions, rather than two-way deliberations.
More than a year after the brothers' surrender to US authorities, Los Cachiros came up with a new strategy: renouncing to assets that had been confiscated in Honduras, El Heraldo reported on June 20.
"The United States should not enter into talks with Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, or his representatives except to negotiate his surrender to US authorities for his terrorist acts against American citizens," said Rohrabacher, who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.
LAWYERS for Roman Polanski clashed last night over his legal strategy, with one saying the director will not surrender to US authorities after 31 years on the run and another suggesting that Polanski was ready to consider the move.
LAWYERS for Roman Polanski clashed yesterday over his legal strategy, with one saying the director will not surrender to US authorities after 31 years on the run and another suggesting that Polanski was ready to consider the move.
Uday and Qusay were killed after refusing to surrender to US troops.
He added: "I blame al-Jazeera - they are marketing for the Americans!" Always upbeat, he said: "My feelings - as usual - we will slaughter them all." "Our estimates are that none of them will come out alive unless they surrender to us quickly." "Don't believe anything!
Surrender to us, and you will be knee deep in pies and cheap gin.
When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will." The Party wanted not to destroy the heretic but to "capture his inner mind." Where others were content to command "Thou shalt not" or "Thou shalt," O'Brien explains, "Our command is 'Thou art."' To reach that end requires "learning...understanding [and] acceptance," and the realization that one has no control even over one's inner soul.