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surrender (someone or something) to (someone or something)

1. To allow someone to take something away; to relinquish or forego possession or control of something to someone. The allied forces had no choice but to surrender the city to the advancing enemy and make a calculated retreat. A condition of his bail, the defendant was forced to surrender his passport to authorities. The parents surrendered their children to protective services due to the condition of their house.
2. To allow someone to take something away; to relinquish or forego possession or control of something to someone. The allied forces had no choice but to surrender the city to the advancing enemy and make a calculated retreat. A condition of his bail, the defendant was forced to surrender his passport to authorities.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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