verb (used without object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner:The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate.
verb (used with object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner:King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936.
WORDS NEARBY ABDICATE
abd., abdelkader, abderhalden, abdias, abdicant, abdicate, abdication, abdom., abdomen, abdomin-, abdominal
ORIGIN OF ABDICATE
1535–45; < Latin abdicātus renounced (past participle of abdicāre)
SYNONYMS FOR ABDICATE
1 resign, quit.
2 abandon, repudiate.
OTHER WORDS FROM ABDICATE
ab·di·ca·ble [ab-di-kuh-buhl], adjective
ab·di·ca·tive [ab-di-key-tiv, -kuh-], adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ABDICATE
abdicate abrogate arrogate derogate
BRITISH DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS FOR ABDICABLE
/ (ˈæbdɪˌkeɪt) /
to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally
DERIVED FORMS OF ABDICATE
abdicable (ˈæbdɪkəbəl), adjective
abdicative (æbˈdɪkətɪv), adjective
WORD ORIGIN FOR ABDICATE
from the past participle of Latin abdicāre to proclaim away, disclaim
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