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abdicate

[ ab-di-keyt ]
/ 藞忙b d瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used without object), ab路di路cat路ed, ab路di路cat路ing.
to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner: The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate.
verb (used with object), ab路di路cat路ed, ab路di路cat路ing.
to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner: King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936.
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Origin of abdicate

1535鈥45; <Latin abdic膩tus renounced (past participle of abdic膩re), equivalent to ab-ab- + dic膩tus proclaimed (dic- (see dictum) + -膩tus-ate1)

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British Dictionary definitions for abdicate

abdicate
/ (藞忙bd瑟藢ke瑟t) /

verb
to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally

Derived forms of abdicate

abdicable (藞忙bd瑟k蓹bl), adjectiveabdication, nounabdicative (忙b藞d瑟k蓹t瑟v), adjectiveabdicator, noun

Word Origin for abdicate

C16: from the past participle of Latin abdic膩re to proclaim away, disclaim
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