Synonyms and Antonyms of relinquish
1 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress the boy reluctantly relinquished the illegal fireworks to the police officer Synonyms cede, cough up, deliver, give up, hand over, lay down, surrender, render, turn in, turn over, yieldRelated Words commit, consign, entrust (also intrust), transfer; forfeit, release, waive; abnegate, renounce, resign; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, part (with), shedNear Antonyms keep, retain, withhold
2 to give up (as a position of authority) formally the retiring CEO relinquished his position to the company's vice president with very mixed feelings Synonyms abnegate, cede, abdicate, renounce, resign, step aside (from), step down (from), surrenderRelated Words abjure, demit, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, waive; forsake, give up, hand over, yield; abandon, desert, quit, vacateNear Antonyms appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, confiscate; seize, take over, usurp, wrest; defend, guard, protect, safeguard, secure
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