abdicate

[[t]æ̱bdɪkeɪt[/t]]
abdicates, abdicating, abdicated
1) VERB If a king or queen abdicates, he or she gives up being king or queen.

The last French king was Louis Philippe, who abdicated in 1848. [Also V n]

Derived words:
abdication [[t]æ̱bdɪke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu with poss

...the most serious royal crisis since the abdication of Edward VIII.

2) VERB (disapproval) 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. [FORMAL]

[V n] Many parents simply abdicate all responsibility for their children.

Derived words:
abdication N-UNCOUNT N of n

There had been a complete abdication of responsibility.


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  • Abdicate — Ab di*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abdicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abdicating}.] [L. abdicatus, p. p. of abdicare; ab + dicare to proclaim, akin to dicere to say. See {Diction}.] 1. To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abdicate — Ab di*cate, v. i. To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity. [1913 Webster] Though a king may abdicate for his own person, he cannot abdicate for the monarchy. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abdicate — abdicate, renounce, resign are synonymous when they are used in the sense of to give up formally or definitely a position of trust, honor, or glory, or its concomitant authority or prerogatives. Abdicate is the precise word to use when that which …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abdicate — I verb abandon, back out, be relieved, cede, demit, drop, forego, forfeit, give the reins to, give up, hand over, hold off, leave, let go, make way for, quit one s hold, relinquish, resign, retire, stand aside, surrender, unclench, vacate office …   Law dictionary

  • abdicate — (v.) 1540s, to disown, disinherit (children), from L. abdicatus, pp. of abdicare to disown, disavow, reject (specifically abdicare magistratu renounce office ), from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + dicare proclaim, from stem of dicere to speak, to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abdicate — [v] give up a right, position, or power abandon, abjure, abnegate, bag it*, bail out*, cede, demit, drop, forgo, give up, leave, leave high and dry*, leave holding the bag*, leave in the lurch*, opt out*, quit, quitclaim, relinquish, renounce,… …   New thesaurus

  • abdicate — ► VERB 1) (of a monarch) renounce the throne. 2) fail to fulfil or undertake (a duty). DERIVATIVES abdication noun. ORIGIN Latin abdicare renounce …   English terms dictionary

  • abdicate — [ab′di kāt΄] vt., vi. abdicated, abdicating [< L abdicatus, pp. of abdicare, to deny, renounce < ab , off + dicare, to proclaim, akin to dicere, to say: see DICTION] 1. to give up formally (a high office, throne, authority, etc.) 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • abdicate — UK [ˈæbdɪkeɪt] / US [ˈæbdɪˌkeɪt] verb Word forms abdicate : present tense I/you/we/they abdicate he/she/it abdicates present participle abdicating past tense abdicated past participle abdicated 1) [intransitive/transitive] if a king or queen… …   English dictionary

  • abdicate — verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare, from ab + dicare to proclaim more at diction Date: 1541 transitive verb 1. to cast off ; discard …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abdicate — verb /ˈæbdɪkeɪt/ a) 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. Note: The word abdicate was… …   Wiktionary


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