give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
"The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"
To reject; to cast off.
To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Abandon is a word of wide signification, applying to persons or things of any kind; abdicate and resign apply to office, authority, or power; cede to territorial possessions; surrender especially to military force, and more generally to any demand, claim, passion, etc. Quit carries an idea of suddenness or abruptness not necessarily implied in abandon, and may not have the same suggestion of finality. The king abdicates his throne, cedes his territory, deserts his followers, renounces his religion, relinquishes his titles, abandons his designs. A cowardly officer deserts his ship; the helpless passengers abandon it. We quit business, give up property, resign office, abandon a habit or a trust. Relinquish commonly implies reluctance; the fainting hand relinquishes its grasp; the creditor relinquishes his claim. Abandon implies previous association with responsibility for or control of; forsake implies previous association with inclination or attachment, real or assumed; a man may abandon or forsake house or friends; he abandons an enterprise; forsakes God. Abandon is applied to both good and evil action; a thief abandons his designs, a man his principles. Forsake, like abandon, may be used either in the favorable or unfavorable sense; desert is always unfavorable, involving a breach of duty, except when used of mere localities; as, "the Deserted Village." While a monarch abdicates, a president or other elected or appointed officer resigns. It was held that James II. abdicated his throne by deserting it.
abandon, abjure, cast off, cease, cede, depart from, desert, discontinue, forego, forsake, forswear, give up, leave, quit, recant, relinquish, renounce, repudiate, resign, retire from, retract, surrender, vacate, withdraw from
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How to use abdicate in a sentence?
A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
All of it speaks to the absence of leadership from the government, when the authorities either abdicate their responsibility or disappear, as the government did for weeks last year, and/or there's no trust in the authorities, this creates a vacuum.
For this reason, I am requesting that for the good of Puerto Ricos, you abdicate your position and allow a peaceful transition of government to bring peace and tranquility to our island, which has been mired in a fiscal crisis, severely exacerbated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
… The British are incredibly excited, listen, we’ve had sort of this bad rap as Americans, because of Wallis Simpson. So the British are like, ‘Another American divorcee. Look at what happened the last time.’ The last time King Edward had to abdicate because he wanted to marry the love of his life, and now Harry’s able to marry the love of his life without having to go through any red tape, and he immediately got the queen’s blessing.
This rash decision isolates America, not Iran. Our allies will hold up their end of the agreement, but our government will lose its international credibility and the power of our voice at the table, the President’s decision to abdicate American leadership during a critical moment in our effort to advance a denuclearization agreement with North Korea is particularly senseless, disturbing and dangerous.
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- абдикирам, отказвам се отBulgarian
- verweigern, ausstoßen, abdankenGerman
- παραιτούμαι, αποποιούμαιGreek
- کناره گیری کردنPersian
- tehdä perinnöttömäksi, hylätä, luopuaFinnish
- afstand doen, weigeren, afwijzen, ontervenDutch
- abdisere, avvise, fråseie seg, fornekteNorwegian Nynorsk
- avvise, frasi seg, fornekte, abdisereNorwegian
- abdicar, deserdarPortuguese
- отрекаться, отречься, отказаться, отказыватьсяRussian
- ge upp, abdikera, avvisaSwedish
- bỏ, từ bỏ, thoái vị, từ ngôiVietnamese
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