What does relinquish mean?

Definitions for relinquishrɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relinquish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. release, relinquish, resign, free, give up(verb)

    part with a possession or right

    "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"

  2. waive, relinquish, forgo, forego, foreswear, dispense with(verb)

    do without or cease to hold or adhere to

    "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"

  3. foreswear, renounce, quit, relinquish(verb)

    turn away from; give up

    "I am foreswearing women forever"

  4. let go of, let go, release, relinquish(verb)

    release, as from one's grip

    "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"


  1. relinquish(Verb)

    To give up, abandon or retire from something.

  2. relinquish(Verb)

    To let go (free, away), physically release.

  3. relinquish(Verb)

    To metaphorically surrender, yield control or possession.

  4. relinquish(Verb)

    To accept to give up, withdraw etc.

    The delegations saved the negotiations by relinquishing their incompatible claims to sole jurisdiction

  5. Origin: From relinquisshen, from the inflected stem of relinquir, from relinquere, itself, from re- + linquere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relinquish(verb)

    to withdraw from; to leave behind; to desist from; to abandon; to quit; as, to relinquish a pursuit

  2. Relinquish(verb)

    to give up; to renounce a claim to; resign; as, to relinquish a debt

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relinquish

    rē-ling′kwish, v.t. to abandon: to give up: to renounce a claim to.—adj. Relin′quent, relinquishing.—ns. Relin′quisher; Relin′quishment, act of giving up. [O. Fr. relinquir—L. relinquĕre, relictumre-, away from, linquĕre, to leave.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relinquish in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relinquish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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Translations for relinquish

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Verzicht leisten, überlassen, aufgeben, verzichten, abtreten, verlassenGerman
  • renunciar, desistirSpanish
  • luovuttaa, luopuaFinnish
  • renoncer, abandonnerFrench
  • liberare, rilasciare, cedere, consegnarsi, lasciare andare, ritirare, rinunciare, ritirarsi, consegnare, abbandonare, desistereItalian
  • 포기하다Korean
  • loslaten, verzaken, opgeven, [[verzaken]] ([[ann]]), vrijlatenDutch
  • å gi oppNorwegian
  • отказыватьсяRussian
  • prepustiti, odstupiti, ustupitiSerbo-Croatian
  • vazgeçmek, bırakmak, terk etmek, el çekmek, elini çekmekTurkish

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