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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nicole Kidman, in The Scotsman:

    When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.

  2. Jean Cocteau:

    If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.

  3. Rahm Emanuel:

    Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate, chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.

  4. Seneca:

    The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

  5. Rich Robinson:

    I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.

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Translations for relinquish

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Verzicht leisten, überlassen, aufgeben, verzichten, abtreten, verlassenGerman
  • renunciar, desistirSpanish
  • رها کردنPersian
  • 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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