verb (used without object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
verb (used with object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
Origin of abdicate
Examples from the Web for abdicate
A palace insider however insisted to the Daily Beast today that the Queen was not about to abdicate.
Juan Carlos is the second European monarch to abdicate in just over a year.
Much like the British monarchy, when the current Aga Khan is ready to abdicate his post, he will personally choose a successor.
In recent decades it has become the tradition for the monarch to abdicate.
Would it not be better to abdicate at once, rather than rule such a people?Egmont|Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
How ill do I have to be before I can abdicate the perpendicular in the presence of a young man?Balloons|Elizabeth Bibesco
Perhaps we should not even demand that the words contained in philosophic handbooks should abdicate all pretension to ambiguity.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas|Remy de Gourmont
The Unionists assembled to force the regent to abdicate, but he firmly refused to do so.Sweden|Victor Nilsson
The boldness of Jason intimidated Pelias; he was unwilling to abdicate the crown, yet he feared the resentment of his adversary.Heathen Mythology|Various
British Dictionary definitions for abdicate
Word Origin for abdicate
Word Origin and History for abdicate
1540s, "to disown, disinherit (children)," from Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare "to disown, disavow, reject" (specifically abdicare magistratu "renounce office"), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Meaning "divest oneself of office" first recorded 1610s. Related: Abdicated; abdicating.