relinquish

verb
re·​lin·​quish | \ri-ˈliŋ-kwish, -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

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relinquishment \ ri-​ˈliŋ-​kwish-​mənt , -​ˈlin-​ \ noun

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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.
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Analysts are skeptical that Kim would agree to relinquish his nuclear weapons, but according to former U.S. national foreign policy advisor and North Korea expert Dr. Victor Cha, the optics of the June 12 summit are likely to be good. Joseph Hincks / Seoul, Time, "Translating Trump and Kim: Spare a Thought for the Interpreters at the June 12 Summit," 11 June 2018 Weinstein agreed to relinquish his passport and wear a monitoring device that tracks his movements. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein on trial: All the questions about his legal battle, answered," 25 May 2018 Louis fought the change for a bit, but agreed to relinquish the throne in 1217. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Some People Scored a Good Deal of Cash When the Royal Baby's Name Was Announced," 27 Apr. 2018 Such an outcome — a reversal of 70 years of history — remains a long shot, amid doubts about whether the North would agree to relinquish its arsenal of nuclear weapons. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks," 22 Apr. 2018 At the very least, Kim would agree to relinquish his weapons only if the United States agreed to end its military alliance with South Korea, in place since the 1950-53 Korean War, Narang said. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "North Korea’s definition of ‘denuclearization’ is very different from Trump’s," 9 Apr. 2018 On June 30, Schneider, 65, stepped down after 23 years leading the Upper Chesapeake board, relinquishing his board seat, as well. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018 The Japanese took control of the Solitary Island, bringing the foreign concessions to an end, and Great Britain, the U.S. and France formally would relinquish control of the enclaves two years later. Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, WSJ, "‘City of Devils’ Review: Chicago on the Huangpu," 13 July 2018 For the next several years, Scott chaired the company through a rocky period that included acquisitions and growth, relinquishing control only after he was elected governor in 2010. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How 'blind' is his blind trust?," 11 July 2018

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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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relinquish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of relinquish

: to give up (something) : to give (something, such as power, control, or possession) to another person or group

relinquish

verb
re·​lin·​quish | \ri-ˈliŋ-kwish \
relinquished; relinquishing

Kids Definition of relinquish

: to let go of : give up “She's not the type to relinquish her new powers.”— Avi, Crispin

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