AskDefine | Define relinquish

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1 part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne" [syn: release, resign, free, give up]
2 relinquish to the power of another; yield to the control of another [syn: surrender]
3 do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas" [syn: waive, forgo, foreswear, dispense with]
4 turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever" [syn: foreswear, renounce, quit]
5 release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall" [syn: let go of, let go, release] [ant: hold]

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  1. To give up, abandon or retire from something.
  2. To let go, either physically (release) or metaphorically (surrender).


to give up

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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