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.
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.
- ab·di·ca·ble [ab-di-kuh-buhl], /ˈæb dɪ kə bəl/, adjective
- ab·di·ca·tive [ab-di-key-tiv, -kuh-], /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə-/, adjective
- ab·di·ca·tor, noun
- non·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective
- un·ab·di·cat·ed, adjective
- un·ab·di·cat·ing, adjective
- un·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective
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How to use abdicate in a sentence
It had offered odds of 10-1 on the Queen abdicating during the Christmas message.
And the people themselves can do it, abdicating the virtues and responsibilities of citizenship.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer | James Poulos | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We are not giving immunity, we are not giving a free pass, we are not abdicating our responsibilities,” explained Cole.
Abdicating market share to ankle-biters is a notoriously poor business strategy for an oligarchic industry like publishing.Are Indie Presses the Minor Leagues of Publishing? | James McGirk | June 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Queen Elizabeth has made it clear she has no intention of abdicating.
After the peace of Augsburg, which was published in September 1555, the emperor carried out his intention of abdicating.
Mr. Wharton had already declared his purpose of abdicating any possible possession of the property.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
As he sat by the door and watched them file out, it was as if he were a king abdicating a throne, and these his faithful subjects.Other Main-Travelled Roads | Hamlin Garland
Other German kings were abdicating and royal princes were fleeing for safety.Lest We Forget | John Gilbert Thompson
By his direction the united armies rolled like an avalanche upon Paris,—and Napoleon gave up the struggle by abdicating.The Story of Russia | R. Van Bergen, M.A.
British Dictionary definitions for abdicate
to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally
- abdicable (ˈæbdɪkəbəl), adjective
- abdication, noun
- abdicative (æbˈdɪkətɪv), adjective
- abdicator, noun
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