Abdicate

Definition of Abdicate

Ab´di`cate
v. t.1.To surrender 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.
[imp. & p. p. Abdicated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Abdicating.]
The cross-bearers abdicated their service.
- Gibbon.
2.To renounce; to relinquish; - said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.
He abdicates all right to be his own governor.
- Burke.
The understanding abdicates its functions.
- Froude.
3.To reject; to cast off.
4.(Civil Law) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
v. i.1.To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.
Though a king may abdicate for his own person, he cannot abdicate for the monarchy.
- Burke.

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