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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If this daughter won’t relinquish her firearm — this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019 By doing so, the supervisor from Children’s Home & Aid later told DCFS, Matias agreed to relinquish his Burgos rights. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 The 76ers' scoring totals in Games 1 (130) and Game 3 (128) were the most ever relinquished by the Heat in postseason. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Here's one thing the 76ers are expecting from the Heat in Game 4," 20 Apr. 2018 Beijing, which supported the bill, is generally not in the habit of relinquishing control. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huge crowds of Hong Kong protesters call for leader to resign," 16 June 2019 Faust also joins the board at a critical time as speculation mounts over when chief executive Lloyd Blankfein will relinquish his role at the firm. BostonGlobe.com, "Starry completes a $100 million funding round," 7 July 2018 The Pulitzer Prize Board began conducting an independent review of allegations, and Diaz was asked to relinquish his role as incoming chairman. Washington Post, "Fall of edgy author Diaz disappoints, confounds followers," 12 May 2018 But then in August of 2015, Barna decided to relinquish her chief executive role. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday, April 25," 25 Apr. 2018 He's installed as the starter, and has no plans of relinquishing that role anytime soon. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns QB Tyrod Taylor's plan is to 'bridge this team to a Super Bowl'," 15 Mar. 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

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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