Definitions for: Relinquish


[v] relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another
[v] release, as from one's hands; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
[v] turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever"
[v] part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
[v] do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*lin"quish (-kw?sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Relinquished (-kw?sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Relinquishing.]
[OF. relinquir, L. relinquere to leave behind; pref. re- re +
linquere to leave. See Loan, and cf. Relic, Relict.]
1. To withdraw from; to leave behind; to desist from; to
abandon; to quit; as, to relinquish a pursuit.

We ought to relinquish such rites. --Hooker.

They placed Irish tenants upon the lands
relinquished by the English. --Sir J.
Davies.

2. To give up; to renounce a claim to; resign; as, to
relinquish a debt.

Syn: To resign; leave; quit; forsake; abandon; desert;
renounce; forb?ar; forego. See Resign.

Synonyms: dispense with, foreswear, foreswear, forgo, free, let go, let go of, quit, release, release, renounce, resign, surrender, waive

Antonyms: hold, take hold

See Also: abandon, abnegate, bring out, derequisition, discharge, disclaim, disengage, give, give up, hand, let loose, let out, loose, muster out, pass, pass on, reach, sacrifice, toggle, turn over, unclasp, unhand, unleash, withdraw, yield

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