One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘by the end of the month, the rebels had been forced to capitulate’
surrender, give in, yield, admit defeat, concede defeat, give up the struggle, submit, back down, climb down, give way, cave in, succumb, crumble, bow to someone, bow to something
relent, acquiesce, accede, come to terms
be beaten, be overcome, be overwhelmed, fall
lay down one's arms, raise the white flag, show the white flag
informal throw in the towel, throw in the sponge
resist, hold out
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