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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.

  1. to let go; release: to relinquish one's hold.

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 abandon.

Other words for relinquish

Other words from relinquish

  • re·lin·quish·er, noun
  • re·lin·quish·ment, noun
  • non·re·lin·quish·ment, noun
  • un·re·lin·quished, adjective
  • un·re·lin·quish·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use relinquish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for relinquish


/ (rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ) /

  1. to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon

  2. to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)

  1. to release; let go

Origin of relinquish

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

Derived forms of relinquish

  • relinquisher, noun
  • relinquishment, noun

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