renounce

[ ri-nouns ]
/ rɪˈnaʊns /

verb (used with object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.

to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.
to give up by formal declaration: to renounce a claim.
to repudiate; disown: to renounce one's son.

verb (used without object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.

Cards.
  1. to play a card of a different suit from that led.
  2. to abandon or give up a suit led.
  3. to fail to follow the suit led.

noun

Cards. an act or instance of renouncing.

Origin of renounce

1325–75; Middle English renouncen < Middle French renoncer < Latin renūntiāre to bring back word, disclaim, equivalent to re- re- + nūntiāre to announce, derivative of nūntius messenger, news

SYNONYMS FOR renounce

2 resign, abdicate.
3 disclaim, reject, disavow, deny.

Related forms

Can be confused

denounce renounce
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British Dictionary definitions for renounced

renounce

/ (rɪˈnaʊns) /

verb

(tr) to give up (a claim or right), esp by formal announcementto renounce a title
(tr) to repudiateto renounce Christianity
(tr) to give up (some habit, pursuit, etc) voluntarilyto renounce smoking
(intr) cards to fail to follow suit because one has no cards of the suit led

noun

rare a failure to follow suit in a card game

Derived Forms

renouncement, nounrenouncer, noun

Word Origin for renounce

C14: from Old French renoncer, from Latin renuntiāre to disclaim, from re- + nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
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