sur·ren·der 1 vt
1 a: to yield to the control or possession of another
surrender the leased premises
surrender collateral to a creditor
b: to give up completely or agree to forgo
c: to cancel (one's insurance policy) voluntarily
2: to give over to the custody of the law
surrender a defendant
vi: to give oneself up
surrender 2 n: an act or instance of surrendering
discharge an obligor by surrender of a promissory note; esp: the yielding of an estate by a tenant to the landlord so that the leasehold interest is extinguished by mutual agreement

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (give back) verb abdicate, abjure, abnegate, cede, disclaim, disown, forego, forfeit, forsake, forswear, hand over, let go, part with, reinstate, relinquish, render up, renounce, resign, restore, return, waive II (yield) verb acquiesce, agree to, back down, be submissive, capitulate, concede, dedere, give in, obey, relent, submit, succumb, tradere III index abandon (relinquish), abandonment (discontinuance), abdication, accede (concede), alienate (transfer title), alienation (transfer of title), bear (yield), cancellation, capitulation, cede, cession, concession (compromise), deliver, delivery, desuetude, discontinue (abandon), disposition (transfer of property), expense (sacrifice), forfeit, forgo, give (grant), give (yield), introduce, leave (allow to remain), obey, perish, prostration, quit (discontinue), relinquish, remise, render (deliver), rendition (restoration), renounce, resign, resignation (passive acceptance), resignation (relinquishment), submit (yield), succumb, vacate (leave), waive, waiver, withdraw, yield (submit)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To give up; to yield; to hand something over to someone else; for a tenant to give up a lease before its term with the understanding that the landlord will terminate the lease.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. to give up a right.
2. the bringing to an end of a lease by the tenant's giving up his interest to his landlord. Surrender may be express or implied; express surrender should be effected by deed whereas implied surrender can be gleaned from the behaviour of the parties indicating that they both regard the lease as at an end.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The surrender of a lease by a tenant to its immediate landlord is a consensual arrangement between the landlord and the tenant. It results in the vesting of the tenant's estate in the landlord and the extinguishment of the term of the lease. Surrender is the acquisition by the landlord of the inferior (leasehold) estate. It is to be distinguished from the merger which occurs where the tenant acquires the superior estate from its landlord.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. Delivery into the possession of another, such as vacating of property by the tenant before the lease has terminated so that the landlord may consider termination to have occurred; the giving up of a claim or a right; yielding to the control or power of another; the return of an estate to the one who has a reversion so as to merge the estate into a larger one.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

To give up, return, or yield.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To give up, return, or yield.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) to turn over possession of real property, either voluntarily or upon demand, by tenant to landlord.
   2) to give oneself up to law enforcement officials.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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