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relinquish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of relinquish

  1. 1 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress <the boy reluctantly relinquished the illegal fireworks to the police officer> Synonyms cede, cough up, deliver, give up, hand over, lay down, surrender, render, turn in, turn over, yieldRelated Words commit, consign, entrust (also intrust), transfer; forfeit, release, waive; abnegate, renounce, resign; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, part (with), shedNear Antonyms keep, retain, withhold

  2. 2 to give up (as a position of authority) formally <the retiring CEO relinquished his position to the company's vice president with very mixed feelings> Synonyms abnegate, cede, abdicate, renounce, resign, step aside (from), step down (from), surrenderRelated Words abjure, demit, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, waive; forsake, give up, hand over, yield; abandon, desert, quit, vacateNear Antonyms appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, confiscate; seize, take over, usurp, wrest; defend, guard, protect, safeguard, secure





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