- to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
- to give up; put aside or desist from: to relinquish a plan.
- to let go; release: to relinquish one's hold.
Origin of relinquish
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Examples from the Web for relinquish
To be a hero, you must accept your fate and relinquish control to it.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
She has yet to relinquish her anonymity and is unavailable for any comment.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
He would not relinquish presidential power and live to regret it, like his cousin.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
Should I relinquish my passport and book permanent passage on an infantilizing escorted “adventure” to the Mall of America next?I Can’t Shake Hawaii: An Ode to Returning to Places You’ve Been Before
Debra A. Klein
October 7, 2013
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown called for Akin to relinquish his Senate nomination.Who Is Mrs. “Legitimate Rape”? Meet Todd Akin’s Wife, Lulli
August 20, 2012
But not for that did aunt Ann relinquish her quest for the betterment of the domestic world.Tiverton Tales
The term of your imprisonment ceases when you relinquish the hope of Beatriz.Calderon The Courtier
Casanova promptly moved as if to relinquish his seat in the carriage.Casanova's Homecoming
Rather than relinquish her, however, he would have set Rome on fire.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I determined to relinquish every advantage to Grushnitski; I wanted to test him.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
- to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
- to release; let go
Word Origin and History for relinquish
mid-15c., "desert, abandon;" late 15c., "give up, desist," from Old French relinquiss-, present participle stem of relinquir (12c.), from Latin relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from root *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Sanskrit reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Greek leipein "to leave;" Gothic leihvan, Old English lænan "to lend;" Old High German lihan "to borrow;" Old Norse lan "loan"). Related: Relinquished; relinquishing.