What does relinquish mean?

Definitions for relinquish
rɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃre·lin·quish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word relinquish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. release, relinquish, resign, free, give upverb

    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 withverb

    do without or cease to hold or adhere to

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

  3. foreswear, renounce, quit, relinquishverb

    turn away from; give up

    "I am foreswearing women forever"

  4. let go of, let go, release, relinquishverb

    release, as from one's grip

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


  1. relinquishverb

    To give up, abandon or retire from something.

  2. relinquishverb

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

  3. relinquishverb

    To metaphorically surrender, yield control or possession.

  4. relinquishverb

    To accept to give up, withdraw etc.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RELINQUISHverb

    Etymology: relinquo, Lat.

    The habitation there was utterly relinquished. George Abbot.

    The English colonies grew poor and weak, though the English lords grew rich and mighty; for they placed Irish tenants upon the lands relinquished by the English. Davies.

    The ground of God’s sole property in any thing is, the return of it made by man to God; by which act he relinquishes and delivers back to God all his right to the use of that thing, which before had been freely granted him by God. Robert South, Sermons.

    In case it may be proved, that amongst the number of rites and orders common unto both, there are particulars, the use whereof is utterly unlawful, in regard of some special bad and noisom quality; there is no doubt but we ought to relinquish such rites and orders, what freedom soever we have to retain the other still. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. II.


  1. Relinquish

    Overcome is the fourth studio album by the American metalcore band All That Remains. It was released on September 19, 2008. Overcome is the first album by All That Remains that was not produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage and also the first album with drummer Jason Costa.


  1. relinquish

    To relinquish means to voluntarily let go of or give up something such as a responsibility, right, possession, or control, often in a formal or official way. It could also mean to cease to keep or to abandon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relinquishverb

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

  2. Relinquishverb

    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.]

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  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

Examples of relinquish in a Sentence

  1. Skip Stolz:

    Different people have different views. We believe in a control-based approach that leverages AI but does not relinquish control to AI. As a pilot develops trust, he knows what that aircraft can do and tells it to do something.

  2. 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.

  3. Jean Cocteau:

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

  4. Vanna Bonta:

    As the author of a work, I don't relinquish author-ity to just any critic, particularly not to people whose work I've not read or don't respect; those biased by envy are the least relevant, and grounded grammarians who strangle or sterilize under a banner of superiority are a close second.

  5. 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.

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  • يتخلى عنArabic
  • Verzicht leisten, verzichten, überlassen, abtreten, verlassen, aufgebenGerman
  • renunciar, desistirSpanish
  • رها کردنPersian
  • luovuttaa, luopuaFinnish
  • renoncer, abandonnerFrench
  • abbandonare, consegnare, ritirarsi, desistere, liberare, rinunciare, rilasciare, ritirare, lasciare andare, consegnarsi, cedereItalian
  • לוותרHebrew
  • 포기하다Korean
  • verzaken, opgeven, loslaten, vrijlaten, [[verzaken]] ([[ann]])Dutch
  • å gi oppNorwegian
  • отказыватьсяRussian
  • odstupiti, prepustiti, ustupitiSerbo-Croatian
  • elini çekmek, vazgeçmek, el çekmek, bırakmak, terk etmekTurkish

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