Definitions for relinquishrɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•lin•quishrɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ(v.t.)

  1. to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, claim, etc.).

  2. to give up; put aside or desist from:

    to relinquish a plan.

  3. to let go; release:

    to relinquish one's hold.

Origin of relinquish:

1425–75; late ME relinquissen, relinquisshen < MF relinquiss-, long s. of relinquir蠐 L relinquere to leave behind =re-re - +linquere to leave


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

Translations for relinquish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give up

The dictator was forced to relinquish control of the country.

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