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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-di-keyt]
    • /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪt/
    • /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-di-keyt]
    • /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪt/

Definitions of abdicate word

  • verb abdicate If a king or queen abdicates, he or she gives up being king or queen. 3
  • verb abdicate If you say that someone has abdicated responsibility for something, you disapprove of them because they have refused to accept responsibility for it any longer. 3
  • verb abdicate to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally 3
  • verb transitive abdicate to give up formally (a high office, throne, authority, etc.) 3
  • verb transitive abdicate to surrender or repudiate (a right, responsibility, etc.) 3
  • verb without object abdicate to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner: The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate. 1

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Origin of abdicate

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; < Latin abdicātus renounced (past participle of abdicāre), equivalent to ab- ab- + dicātus proclaimed (dic- (see dictum) + -ātus -ate1)

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Parts of speech for Abdicate


abdicate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abdicate

verb abdicate

  • relinquish — to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
  • vacate — to give up possession or occupancy of: to vacate an apartment.
  • forgo — to abstain or refrain from; do without.
  • step down — serving to reduce or decrease voltage: a step-down transformer.
  • renounce — to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.

Antonyms for abdicate

verb abdicate

  • remain — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • assert — If someone asserts a fact or belief, they state it firmly.
  • challenge — A challenge is something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination.
  • claim — If you say that someone claims that something is true, you mean they say that it is true but you are not sure whether or not they are telling the truth.
  • defy — If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way.

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