Abdicate [ ab-di-keyt ]

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

resign, quit.
abandon, repudiate.

OTHER WORDS FROM ABDICATE

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ABDICATE

abdicate abrogate arrogate derogate

BRITISH DICTIONARY DEFINITIONS FOR ABDICABLE

abdicate
/ (ˈæbdɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally

DERIVED FORMS OF ABDICATE

abdicable (ˈæbdɪkəbəl), adjective

abdicationnoun
abdicative (æbˈdɪkətɪv), adjective
abdicatornoun

WORD ORIGIN FOR ABDICATE

from the past participle of Latin abdicāre to proclaim away, disclaim
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