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 renounce (audio) \ noun
renouncer noun

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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 Ultra-wealthy people won’t renounce their citizenship en masse. Time, 29 Sep. 2021 The three clubs are facing a ban from the Champions League for refusing to renounce the Super League project that was launched by 12 clubs in April then collapsed within 48 hours. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2021 According to the brand, Telfar wants to give its band of creatives a platform to do their thing without having to renounce ownership of their ideas. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2021 Neither girl had been happy to renounce their Canadian citizenship. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 In 2020, 6,705 Americans chose to renounce their citizenship, a 260 percent increase from 2019 and the highest on record in a single year. Boris Ryvkin, National Review, 8 Sep. 2021 His father, then a bishop in a Latter-day Saint ward in Erda, sent him a barrage of letters, urging him to renounce his homosexuality. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 The news of Tse’s decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship has had Chinese netizens divided. Vivienne Chow, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 In 1911, Tugendreich turned down the directorship of an infant mortality center because the role would have required him to renounce Judaism. Philissa Cramer, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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“Renounce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renounce. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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renounce

verb

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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