verb re·nounce \ri-ˈnan(t)s\

: to say especially in a formal or official way that you will no longer have or accept (something) : to formally give up (something)

: to say in a formal or definite way that you refuse to follow, obey, or support (someone or something) any longer


Full Definition of RENOUNCE

transitive verb
:  to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration <renounce his errors>
:  to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further :  repudiate <renounce the authority of the church>
intransitive verb
:  to make a renunciation
:  to fail to follow suit in a card game
re·nounce·ment \-ˈnan(t)s-mənt\ noun
re·nounc·er noun

Examples of RENOUNCE

  1. Many of his former supporters have renounced him.
  2. He renounced his old way of life.

Origin of RENOUNCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French renuncer, from Latin renuntiare, from re- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger
First Known Use: 14th century


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