ALL meanings of abdicate

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  • 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
  • intransitive verb abdicate give up: throne 1
  • transitive verb abdicate give up, renounce 1
  • 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
  • verb with object abdicate to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner: King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936. 1
  • noun abdicate (of a monarch) Renounce one's throne. 1
  • verb abdicate (Transitive Verb) OBS To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit. 0
  • verb abdicate (Transitive Verb) (reflexive, obsolete) To formally separate oneself from or to divest oneself of. 0
  • verb abdicate (Transitive Verb) OBS To depose. 0
  • verb abdicate (Transitive Verb) OBS To reject; to cast off; to discard. 0
  • verb abdicate (Transitive Verb) To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy; to fail to fulfill responsibility for. 0
  • verb abdicate (Intransitive Verb) To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity; to renounce sovereignty. 0
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