What does renounce mean?

Definitions for renouncerɪˈnaʊns

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

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"

  2. vacate, resign, renounce, give up(verb)

    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

    "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"

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

    turn away from; give up

    "I am foreswearing women forever"

  4. disown, renounce, repudiate(verb)

    cast off

    "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"


  1. renounce(Noun)

    An act of renouncing.

  2. renounce(Verb)

    To give up, resign, surrender.

  3. renounce(Verb)

    To cast off, repudiate.

  4. renounce(Verb)

    To decline further association with someone or something, disown.

  5. renounce(Verb)

    To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.

  6. renounce(Verb)

    To make a renunciation of something.

  7. renounce(Verb)

    To surrender formally some right or trust.

  8. renounce(Verb)

    (cards) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.

  9. Origin: From Latin renuntiare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Renounce(verb)

    to declare against; to reject or decline formally; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one; to disclaim; as, to renounce a title to land or to a throne

  2. Renounce(verb)

    to cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss; to forswear

  3. Renounce(verb)

    to disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit

  4. Renounce(verb)

    to make renunciation

  5. Renounce(verb)

    to decline formally, as an executor or a person entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate or letters

  6. Renounce(noun)

    act of renouncing

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Renounce

    rē-nowns′, v.t. to disclaim: to disown: to reject publicly and finally: to forsake.—v.i. to fail to follow suit at cards.—n. a failure to follow suit at cards.—ns. Renounce′ment, act of renouncing, disclaiming, or rejecting; Renoun′cer. [O. Fr.,—L. renuntiārere-, away, nuntiāre, -ātum, to announce—nuntius, a messenger.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of renounce in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of renounce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William of Baskerville:

    So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.

  2. Oreste Mori:

    Seriously? I can’t believe it, we cannot renounce our culture and traditions. That would be an unpardonable weakness.

  3. Frederick Douglass 1817-1895:

    If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet renounce controversy are people who want crops without ploughing the ground.

  4. Ravina Shamdasani:

    Burundi has been slipping closer to the edge ... we call on leaders on all sides to take concrete steps to renounce the use of violence and to resolve differences peacefully.

  5. Swami Sivanada:

    Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realize the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good do good. Be kind be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تنازلArabic
  • vzdát seCzech
  • malkonfesiEsperanto
  • lahti ütlemaEstonian
  • antaa periksi, mitätöidä, luovuttaa, luopua, hylätä, sakata, kieltääFinnish
  • àicheidhScottish Gaelic
  • verzaken, opgevenDutch
  • gi avkall, renonsere, forsake, avsverge, frasi, oppgi, fornekteNorwegian
  • renunța, lepăda, abandonaRomanian
  • отвергнуть, отступиться, сдаваться, отрекаться, отступаться, сдаться, отказываться, отречься, отказаться, отвергатьRussian
  • odustati, dići ruke, predati se, napustiti, otkazatiSerbo-Croatian

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