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.
- to play a card of a different suit from that led.
- to abandon or give up a suit led.
- to fail to follow the suit led.
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
Antonyms for renounce
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(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
rare a failure to follow suit in a card game
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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