Meaning of ABDICATE in English

ABDICATE

/ ˈæbdɪkeɪt; NAmE / verb

1.

to give up the position of being king or queen :

[ v ]

He abdicated in favour of his son.

[ vn ]

She was forced to abdicate the throne of Spain.

2.

[ vn ] abdicate responsibility / your responsibilities to fail or refuse to perform a duty

►  ab·di·ca·tion / ˌæbdɪˈkeɪʃn; NAmE / noun [ U , C ]

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 16th cent.: from Latin abdicat- renounced, from the verb abdicare , from ab- away, from + dicare declare.

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