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 relinquish (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 But her opponent, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa's Prime Minister of more than 22 years, sees it differently -- and is refusing to relinquish power. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 29 May 2021 With one out and two men on base, Hooks batter Charles Edwards came to the plate and delivered a two-run double off the outfield fence to take a 6-5 lead the team would not relinquish. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, 20 May 2021 The Buckeyes have made a habit out of building big leads only to relinquish it late. Stephen Means, cleveland, 13 Mar. 2021 While Harry resigns herself to her lack of control, reviews of her work never want to relinquish theirs. Lisawhill, Longreads, 22 Nov. 2019 British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said last week that the electoral changes breached the terms of the handover arrangement signed with China to relinquish the former colony in 1997. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Nor is Kim likely to relinquish such a device once it can be deployed. David A. Andelman, CNN, 9 May 2021 But Anu Mandavalli, a community organizer from the South Bay, said that vaccine patents must be lifted as well, and that Indian Americans must use their influence in Silicon Valley to pressure companies to relinquish patents. Malavika Kannan, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2021 The Arizona Department of Child Safety, where parents can temporarily place their children or relinquish their parental rights, can be reached at 602-255-2500. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Relinquish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relinquish. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for relinquish

relinquish

verb

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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