abdicate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To relinquish (energy or obligation) formally.
    • To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign energy; to withdraw definitely from filling or working out, as increased workplace, place, dignity.
    • To renounce; to relinquish; -- stated of expert, a trust, responsibility, appropriate, etc.
    • To decline; to cast-off.
    • To disclaim and expel from household, as a father his kid; to disown; to disinherit.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To relinquish officially increased office or responsibility.
    • To relinquish or renounce a throne, or any other high workplace or dignity.
  • others:
    • to quit, renounce, abandon, set down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim, office, responsibilities, self-esteem, authority, and so on, especially in a voluntary, general public, or formal way.
    • To discard; cast away; simply take leave of: as, to abdicate your psychological characteristics. In civil law, to disclaim and expel from a household, as a young child; disinherit during life time: with an individual topic, as parent, parent.
    • To put away or expel; banish; renounce the expert of; dethrone; degrade.
    • Synonyms To resign, renounce, throw in the towel, quit, vacate, relinquish, lay down, abandon, desert. (See list under abandon, v.)
    • To renounce or quit some thing; abandon some claim; relinquish the right, energy, or trust.
  • verb:
    • give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or tasks and responsibilities

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