renounce

verb
re·​nounce | \ ri-ˈnau̇n(t)s How to pronounce renounce (audio) \
renounced; renouncing

Definition of renounce

transitive verb

1 : to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration renounce his errors
2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further : repudiate renounce the authority of the church

intransitive verb

1 : to make a renunciation
2 : to fail to follow suit in a card game

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Other Words from renounce

renouncement \ ri-​ˈnau̇n(t)s-​mənt How to pronounce renouncement (audio) \ noun
renouncer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for renounce

abdicate, renounce, resign mean to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it. abdicate implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent. abdicated the throne renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end. renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust. resigned from the board

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm and final rejecting or abandoning often made under oath. abjured the errors of his former faith renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown. renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal. I cannot forswear my principles recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught. if they recant they will be spared retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation. the newspaper had to retract the story

Examples of renounce in a Sentence

Many of his former supporters have renounced him. He renounced his old way of life.
Recent Examples on the Web In exchange for an initial withdrawal of about 5,000 of 14,000 US troops, the Taliban would agree to renounce al-Qaeda and pledge their commitment to counterterrorism efforts. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Hope for a US-Taliban peace deal," 17 Aug. 2019 The relatives demanded that Iroegbu renounce his cult membership. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 In the past, the president’s calls to the nation’s better angels, without renouncing his own divisive language about immigrants and political opponents, have proved fleeting. Jonathan Lemire, Twin Cities, "Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details," 6 Aug. 2019 In January, John Hou Saeter, who also has a Chinese mother, renounced his Norwegian passport to become Chinese and join Beijing Guoan. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "The foreign footballers giving up their passports to become Chinese," 29 July 2019 By acquiring Leuer and renouncing the rights to Nikola Mirotic, Tim Frazier and Pau Gasol, the Bucks cleared enough space to bring back Lopez on a four-year, $52 million deal. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks waive Jon Leuer to create cap space; George Hill signing becomes official," 9 July 2019 Rather than fleeing or renouncing his beliefs, Socrates accepted the death sentence he was given. National Geographic, "Who was Socrates?," 11 Mar. 2019 In 2003, Libya had negotiated sanctions relief from the United States in exchange for renouncing its nascent nuclear program. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump says he has 15 candidates to replace John Bolton as national security adviser," 12 Sep. 2019 In the past, the president’s calls to the nation’s better angels, without renouncing his own divisive language about immigrants and political opponents, have proved fleeting. Jonathan Lemire, Twin Cities, "Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of renounce

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for renounce

Middle English, from Anglo-French renuncer, from Latin renuntiare, from re- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger

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The first known use of renounce was in the 14th century

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renounce

verb
How to pronounce renounce (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of renounce

: to say especially in a formal or official way that you will no longer have or accept (something) : to formally give up (something)
: to say in a formal or definite way that you refuse to follow, obey, or support (someone or something) any longer

renounce

verb
re·​nounce | \ ri-ˈnau̇ns How to pronounce renounce (audio) \
renounced; renouncing

Kids Definition of renounce

1 : to give up, abandon, or resign usually by a public declaration The queen renounced the throne.
2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any longer They renounced the goals of the organization.

renounce

verb
re·​nounce | \ ri-ˈnau̇ns How to pronounce renounce (audio) \
renounced; renouncing

Legal Definition of renounce

transitive verb

1 : to announce one's abandonment or giving up of a right to or interest in : disclaim sense 1 renounce an inheritance
2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further renounce allegiance to one's country

intransitive verb

: to make a renunciation

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