Thesaurus

relinquish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of relinquish

  1. 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 of relinquish cede, cough up, deliver, give up, hand over, lay down, surrender, render, turn in, turn over, yieldWords Related to relinquish commit, consign, entrust (also intrust), transfer; forfeit, release, waive; abnegate, renounce, resign; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, part (with), shedNear Antonyms of relinquish keep, retain, withhold

  2. 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 of relinquish abnegate, cede, abdicate, renounce, resign, step aside (from), step down (from), surrenderWords Related to relinquish abjure, demit, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, waive; forsake, give up, hand over, yield; abandon, desert, quit, vacateNear Antonyms of relinquish appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, confiscate; seize, take over, usurp, wrest; defend, guard, protect, safeguard, secure

Synonym Discussion of relinquish

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


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