Meaning of ABDICATE in English


ˈabdəˌkāt, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare, from ab- ab- (I) + dicare to proclaim — more at diction

transitive verb

1. : disown , disinherit

a father who abdicates his son

2. obsolete : to separate (oneself) formally from or divest (oneself) of

the ruler abdicated himself from the government

3. : to cast off : discard

abdicate an opinion

4. : to relinquish formally (as sovereign power) : renounce : lay down : surrender

intransitive verb

: to renounce a throne, high office, dignity, or function

leadership that abdicates

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