Definitions for abdicateˈæb dɪˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•di•cateˈæb dɪˌkeɪt(v.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to give up or renounce (authority, duties, a high office, etc.), esp. in a voluntary, public, or formal manner.

  2. (v.i.)to renounce or relinquish a throne, office, right, power, claim, or responsibility, esp. in a formal manner.

Origin of abdicate:

1535–45; < L abdicātus, ptp. of abdicāre to renounce =ab-ab - +dicāre to indicate, consecrate (see dedicate )

ab′di•ca`tor(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abdicate, renounce(verb)

    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations

    "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"

Wiktionary

  1. abdicate(Verb)

    To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.

    Note: The word abdicate was held to mean, in the case of James II, to abandon without a formal surrender.

  2. abdicate(Verb)

    To formally separate oneself from or to divest oneself of.

  3. abdicate(Verb)

    To reject; to cast off.

  4. abdicate(Verb)

    To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.

  5. abdicate(Verb)

    To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty.

  6. Origin: * First attested in 1541.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abdicate(verb)

    to surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy

  2. Abdicate(verb)

    to renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc

  3. Abdicate(verb)

    to reject; to cast off

  4. Abdicate(verb)

    to disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit

  5. Abdicate(verb)

    to relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abdicate(verb)

to leave or give up the position and authority of a king or queen

The king abdicated (the throne) in favour of his son.

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