relinquish

[ri-ling-kwish]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. religious,
  2. religious house,
  3. religious order,
  4. religious right,
  5. religiously,
  6. reliquary,
  7. relique,
  8. reliquiae,
  9. relish,
  10. relive

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for relinquisher

relinquish

verb (tr)

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