- 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 relinquished
Yanukovych bade them farewell and relinquished his right to state guards.Where in the World Is Yanukovych?
February 25, 2014
The cousin is said by the FBI to have relinquished his title as boss after his own conviction for racketeering.Meet Tony Zerilli, the Mobster Behind This Jimmy Hoffa Dig
June 19, 2013
An investigation absolved Tunnell of any direct blame, but by then Tunnell had relinquished command of the brigade.6 Ways the U.S. Failed in Afghanistan: Speed Read of ‘Little America’
The Daily Beast
July 4, 2012
A repeal means the government has relinquished its duty to protect and serve the people.Dwarf Tossing Should Be Illegal
October 23, 2011
No other president has relinquished international leadership and power so casually.Obama and Merkel Play Friends for the Cameras
Russell A. Berman
June 5, 2011
But what if the duke could believe that Beatriz relinquished you?Calderon The Courtier
A year later he relinquished his command, without having been able to rejoin.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
He had relinquished Christine's arm, and had turned his face towards the point of the Cite.His Masterpiece
It had been too easily gained, and could be relinquished too easily.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Miss Timpson relinquished the cup, took her lamp and climbed the stairs.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 relinquished
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.