relinquish

verb
re·​lin·​quish | \ ri-ˈliŋ-kwish How to pronounce relinquish (audio) , -ˈlin- \
relinquished; relinquishing; relinquishes

Definition of relinquish

transitive verb

1 : to withdraw or retreat from : leave behind
2 : give up relinquish a title
3a : to stop holding physically : release slowly relinquished his grip on the bar
b : to give over possession or control of : yield few leaders willingly relinquish power

Other Words from relinquish

relinquishment \ ri-​ˈliŋ-​kwish-​mənt How to pronounce relinquish (audio) , -​ˈlin-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for relinquish

relinquish, yield, resign, surrender, abandon, waive mean to give up completely. relinquish usually does not imply strong feeling but may suggest some regret, reluctance, or weakness. relinquished her crown yield implies concession or compliance or submission to force. the troops yielded ground grudgingly resign emphasizes voluntary relinquishment or sacrifice without struggle. resigned her position surrender implies a giving up after a struggle to retain or resist. surrendered their claims abandon stresses finality and completeness in giving up. abandoned all hope waive implies conceding or forgoing with little or no compulsion. waived the right to a trial by jury

Examples of relinquish in a Sentence

They had turned to an open adoption after pursuing infertility treatments for 18 years, and the birth mother had agreed to relinquish custody at the hospital. — Emily Nussbaum, Discover, January 2000 In April of that year Albert Slyusar, one of the legendary figures of the Afghanistan war, had relinquished command of 103 Guards Airborne Division. — Carey Schofield, The Russian Elite, 1993 The feedback seems to operate on the premise that people who relinquish the civilized art of maintaining creative cities are not to be entrusted with the risks of developing further. — Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, (1984) 1985 The Major no sooner heard the voice, than he relinquished Mr Dombey's arm, darted forward, took the hand of the lady in the chair and pressed it to his lips. — Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848 I will not relinquish my rights. She was forced to relinquish control of the project. The court ordered him to relinquish custody of his child. See More
Recent Examples on the Web To remedy this situation, the FDA should immediately relinquish decision-making around clozapine neutrophil monitoring and place it entirely into the hands of prescribers. Brian Barnett, STAT, 9 May 2022 Trusting God's plan for you can relinquish external pressures that may be weighing you down. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 4 May 2022 Barrett will also relinquish her seat as the court's most junior justice to Jackson. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 The two sides haven’t held formal talks in more than two years and remain far apart on when, and even how, North Korea would relinquish its arsenal. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Upon that news, and after an insurrectionist board member was removed after sending a letter to Head Start asking it to reverse the decision to fire Myles, it was pressured to relinquish that grant. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 1 Dec. 2021 Several called on Andrew to relinquish his dukedom. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The best lesson motherhood has taught me is to relinquish control or your notion of control. Amy Troost, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 Nothing can happen in this series from this point forward for the Tar Heels to relinquish the lead. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relinquish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for relinquish

Middle English relinquisshen, from Anglo-French relinquiss-, stem of relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave — more at loan

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13 May 2022

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“Relinquish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relinquish. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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relinquish

verb
re·​lin·​quish | \ ri-ˈliŋ-kwish How to pronounce relinquish (audio) \
relinquished; relinquishing

Kids Definition of relinquish

: to let go of : give up "She's not the type to relinquish her new powers."— Avi, Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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