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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Blythe never relinquished the job and now ranks as the line’s third-most experienced player behind tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein. Los Angeles Times, "Injuries could keep two Rams starters out against the Browns on Sunday," 16 Sep. 2019 Under terms of a plan that has been under discussion for months, the Sacklers would relinquish control of their company. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Purdue Pharma reaches tentative settlement in federal lawsuit and some state cases, but not with Connecticut," 11 Sep. 2019 Deveny relinquished her law license in 2018 and since has been criminally charged in state and federal court with allegedly cheating a list of clients out of settlement checks. oregonlive, "Oregon State Bar opens misconduct investigation into Terry Bean’s criminal defense lawyer, Derek Ashton," 6 Sep. 2019 After the war, the military relinquished the land to the Department of the Interior, and today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the approximately 1.4 million acres of public land including what is now known as the Valley of the Names. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "This Desert Is Covered in Rock Graffiti," 22 Aug. 2019 Morgan, who’s been at the helm of the Groveland Fire Department for 44 years, soon will relinquish his position as chief to take on a new one short-term assignment. Rosemarie Dowell, orlandosentinel.com, "After 44 years, Groveland Fire Chief Willie Morgan prepares for retirement in 2020," 21 Aug. 2019 The military, which took over after ousting longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April following mass protests, refuses to relinquish power. Fox News, "Sudan protesters urge night rallies amid standoff with army," 17 June 2019 Both sides are split over the makeup and leadership of the council, with the ruling generals refusing to relinquish power. NBC News, "Machine-gun fire heard as troops besiege protest camp in Sudan," 3 June 2019 Mr Netanyahu will not relinquish power voluntarily. The Economist, "Will Binyamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of the West Bank work?," 12 Sep. 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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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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