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

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Other Words from relinquish

relinquishment \ ri-​ˈliŋ-​kwish-​mənt How to pronounce relinquishment (audio) , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Nebo then upped the lead the Aggies wouldn’t relinquish with another dunk, in lifting A&M to a 49-45 advantage. Brent Zwenerman, Houston Chronicle, "Aggies overcome second half deficit to defeat Louisiana-Monroe," 11 Nov. 2019 The Switch Witch also partners with Operation Gratitude and recommends that relinquished candy gets donated to a good cause (see idea No. 1). Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Halloween hangover! Here are 5 fun things to do with your kids' leftover candy," 1 Nov. 2019 Jonathan Huberdeau rocked the Avalanche on Wednesday night, sending Colorado to its first blown third-period lead of the season as the club relinquished the top spot in the Western Conference. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Florida Panthers’ Huberdeau deals Colorado Avalanche 4-3 overtime loss," 30 Oct. 2019 Conte's men have only lost once in the league so far this season and relinquished top spot to Juventus in the process, who proved worthy winners through goals from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in a 2-1 win. SI.com, "Inter vs Parma Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 24 Oct. 2019 The multi-talented center left in his place, however, has not relinquished all of those bulldozer instincts. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How 'aggressive, nasty’ Josh Myers became the leader Ohio State football needed at center," 17 Oct. 2019 Once a baby is relinquished, the safe haven is required to provide any immediate medical care required. Faith Karimi, CNN, "A newborn was found wrapped in a plastic bag in Indiana. Here are 5 things to know about safe haven laws," 17 Oct. 2019 The agreement with Damascus comes at great cost to the Kurdish authorities, who are effectively relinquishing self-rule. New York Times, "In Syria, Russia Is Pleased to Fill an American Void," 15 Oct. 2019 The shift could lead to clashes between Turkey and Syria and raises the specter of a resurgent Islamic State group as the U.S. relinquishes any remaining influence in northern Syria to President Bashar Assad and his chief backer, Russia. Lefteris Pitarakis And Sarah El Deeb, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Syria’s Kurds look to Assad for protection after US pullout," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of relinquish was in the 15th century

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15 Nov 2019

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“Relinquish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relinquished. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for relinquish

relinquish

verb
How to pronounce relinquish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of relinquish

formal : 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 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

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