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Aug 13, 2014
This week's theme
Verbs derived from body parts

This week's words
inveigle
emancipate
capitulate
inculcate
ruminate

capitulate
"I'll do whatever you want... please just don't tickle my belly!"

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capitulate

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuh-PICH-uh-layt)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To cease resisting; surrender.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin capitulare (to draw up under headings [the articles of agreement]), from capitulum (little head, chapter), from caput (head). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kaput- (head), also the origin of head, captain, chef, chapter, cadet, cattle, chattel, achieve, biceps, mischief, and occiput. Earliest documented use: 1537.

USAGE:
"Hard fighting continued for two months, until the Poles were forced finally to capitulate on 2 October 1944."
Richard Evans; Bloodbath Before Dawn; New Statesman (London, UK); Oct 18, 2013.

See more usage examples of capitulate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. -Alfred Hitchcock, film-maker (1899-1980)

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