What is the etymology of this word?

As far as I know 就 means:

to start or to enter, which sometimes is being interpreted as to take some thing (to enter a position of...)

So I just can't see why "surrender". Maybe there is some story to that word?

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就 here means 迁就,将就, "to accept" in english

范 here means "standard, model"; in history 范 is the model to cast iron.

So 就范 means "fit in a model" (given by others) in very strict way from the original meaning. It's a strong word, you can understand it as "surrender".

  • So it is not "surrender to enemy" but "to surrender to pressure (when someone is trying to make you do somethig)"? Hmm... interesting. So it's like "to swallow (to take in) your pride"
    – coobit
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:39
  • yes, kinda like that.
    – user13136
    Apr 7, 2016 at 14:10
  • Ok. Now I think I got this. 就范 means "to take shape". As you said "as in casting iron". Thanks a lot!
    – coobit
    Apr 7, 2016 at 17:26
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    @coobit 就范 is more factual than perceptional, forcibly surrender rather than swallow pride.
    – NS.X.
    Apr 7, 2016 at 22:17
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    It can also mean surrender to enemy.
    – Shawn
    Apr 8, 2016 at 18:07

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