verb (T) formal to let someone else have your position, power, or rights, especially unwillingly: The Duke was obliged to relinquish all rights and claims to the territory. | relinquish sth to sb: He refused to relinquish sovereignty to his son. | relinquish your hold/grip on sth: Richard stubbornly refused to relinquish his hold on the family business.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • relinquish — I verb abandon, abdicate, abjure, cast off, cease, cede, deliver, demit, desert, disclaim, discontinue, dismiss, do without, drop, eliminate, forgo, forsake, forswear, give over, give up, give up claim to, go without, hand over, jettison, lay… …   Law dictionary

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  • relinquish — [v] give up, let go abandon, abdicate, abnegate, back down, cast, cast off, cede, cut loose*, desert, discard, ditch*, drop, drop like hot potato*, drop out, dump*, forbear, forgo, forsake, forswear, hand over, kick, kiss goodbye*, lay aside,… …   New thesaurus

  • relinquish — ► VERB ▪ willingly cease to keep or claim; give up. DERIVATIVES relinquishment noun. ORIGIN Latin relinquere, from linquere to leave …   English terms dictionary

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  • relinquish — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English relinquisshen, from Anglo French relinquiss , stem of relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re + linquere to leave more at loan Date: 15th century 1. to withdraw or retreat from ; leave… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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