[ ab-di-keyt ]
/ ˈæb dɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used without object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·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·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·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
OTHER WORDS FROM abdicate
ab·di·ca·ble [ab-di-kuh-buhl], /ˈæb dɪ kə bəl/, adjectiveab·di·ca·tive [ab-di-key-tiv, -kuh-], /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə-/, adjectiveab·di·ca·tor, nounnon·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective
un·ab·di·cat·ed, adjectiveun·ab·di·cat·ing, adjectiveun·ab·di·ca·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abdicate
/ (ˈæbdɪˌkeɪt) /
to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally
Derived forms of abdicateabdicable (ˈæbdɪkəbəl), adjectiveabdication, nounabdicative (æbˈdɪkətɪv), adjectiveabdicator, noun
Word Origin for abdicate
C16: from the past participle of Latin abdicāre to proclaim away, disclaim
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