verb (used with object)
Origin of relinquish
Examples from the Web for relinquished
Yanukovych bade them farewell and relinquished his right to state guards.
The cousin is said by the FBI to have relinquished his title as boss after his own conviction for racketeering.Meet Tony Zerilli, the Mobster Behind This Jimmy Hoffa Dig|Michael Daly|June 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
An investigation absolved Tunnell of any direct blame, but by then Tunnell had relinquished command of the brigade.6 Ways the U.S. Failed in Afghanistan: Speed Read of ‘Little America’|The Daily Beast|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A repeal means the government has relinquished its duty to protect and serve the people.
No other president has relinquished international leadership and power so casually.
But before the hope of reducing the town by main force was relinquished, it was determined to make a great effort.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mrs. Daggett relinquished her random desire with her accustomed amiability.An Alabaster Box|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
As Struve relinquished into her gantletted hands the reins of Persis's bridle she swung lightly up to the mare's back.The Bells of San Juan|Jackson Gregory
Here Sister Rose relinquished her pupil's hand, tapped three times on one of the panels, and signed to Lesley to open the door.Brooke's Daughter|Adeline Sergeant
I learned that he was engaged to a highly amiable young lady, who relinquished him, and shortly afterward died of a broken heart.
British Dictionary definitions for relinquished
Word Origin for relinquish
Word Origin and History for relinquished
mid-15c., "desert, abandon;" late 15c., "give up, desist," from Old French relinquiss-, present participle stem of relinquir (12c.), from Latin relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from root *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Sanskrit reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Greek leipein "to leave;" Gothic leihvan, Old English lænan "to lend;" Old High German lihan "to borrow;" Old Norse lan "loan"). Related: Relinquished; relinquishing.