Definition of relinquish
relinquishmentplay \-mənt\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of relinquish from the Web
A thrilling final day five years on saw Garcia extend his lead, relinquish it, then battle back to parity with his main rival for the title, Justin Rose.
The Buffalo Sabres have relinquished the rights to prospect forwards Giorgio Estephan and Gustav Possler by not signing them to contracts before an NHL deadline struck Thursday.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the U.S. was relinquishing its leadership on the climate change front.
Which is okay, but unfortunately, the people who weren't Jewish living there relinquished all their rights.
Can Golden State get revenge after relinquishing last year's 3–1 lead?
The Indians relinquished a 4-0 advantage against the American League Central cellar dwellers.
The CBP also requested U.S. green-card holders relinquish their documents, and rescinded Global Entry status for certain U.S. citizens.
Netscape, which dominated the browser market in 1996, relinquished its lead to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer during the first half of 1998, according to a study by International Data.
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Synonym Discussion of relinquish
RELINQUISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of relinquish for English Language Learners
: to give up (something) : to give (something, such as power, control, or possession) to another person or group
RELINQUISH Defined for Kids
Definition of relinquish for Students
: to let go of : give up “She's not the type to relinquish her new powers.” — Avi, Crispin
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