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relinquish

[ri-ling-kwish]
verb (used with object)
  1. to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
  2. to give up; put aside or desist from: to relinquish a plan.
  3. to let go; release: to relinquish one's hold.
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Origin of relinquish

1425–75; late Middle English relinquissen, relinquisshen < Middle French relinquiss-, long stem of relinquirLatin relinquere to leave behind, equivalent to re- re- + linquere to leave (akin to lend)
Related formsre·lin·quish·er, nounre·lin·quish·ment, nounnon·re·lin·quish·ment, nounun·re·lin·quished, adjectiveun·re·lin·quish·ing, adjective

Synonyms for relinquish

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British Dictionary definitions for relinquisher

relinquish

verb (tr)
  1. to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
  2. to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
  3. to release; let go
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Derived Formsrelinquisher, 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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Word Origin and History for relinquisher

relinquish

v.

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.

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