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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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 In May, Virgin Group was forced to relinquish control of Virgin Galactic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fund other group companies, SEC filings show. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "The pandemic hurt Richard Branson's business empire. He's looking for new deals anyway," 17 Sep. 2020 The backstage drama spilled out over the internet, with many calling for DeGeneres to relinquish her hosting gig to someone else. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Despite The Toxic Workplace Claims & Dramatic Firings, The Ellen Show Is Coming Back Very Soon," 8 Sep. 2020 Parents who relinquish control over the manner in which the tutoring is done would satisfy Part A. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Is a home tutor an employee or independent contractor?," 17 Aug. 2020 Only then will people be willing to temporarily relinquish some of their precious personal liberties for the good of our nation. Shira Doron, STAT, "Americans aren’t listening to coronavirus warnings because the messaging is wrong," 26 Aug. 2020 Despite his strategic mistakes, Lukashenko seems unprepared to relinquish control of Belarus. Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich, The Conversation, "Belarus, explained: How Europe’s last dictator could fall," 20 Aug. 2020 But these women never relinquish their authority in the present to shape the story. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "What Brings Elena Ferrante’s Worlds to Life?," 24 Aug. 2020 Now there is more pressure than ever for Hezbollah to relinquish its power. Carine Hajjar, National Review, "Now Is the Time to Force Hezbollah out of Lebanon," 22 Aug. 2020 McCoy, one of the few Black master sommeliers, did not relinquish his title, deciding to remain with the court. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "How Bay Area locals are combating wine’s overwhelmingly white makeup," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Relinquish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relinquish. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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