relinquish

[ ri-ling-kwish ]
/ rɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

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.

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Origin of relinquish

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English relinquissen, relinquisshen, from Middle French relinquiss-, long stem of relinquir ≪ Latin relinquere “to leave behind,” equivalent to re-re- + linquere “to leave” (akin to lend)

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2. See abandon1.

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British Dictionary definitions for relinquish

relinquish
/ (rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
to release; let go

Derived forms of relinquish

relinquisher, nounrelinquishment, noun

Word Origin for relinquish

C15: from French relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave
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