V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to formally resign from an official position; 2. to give up one's power; 3. to neglect a duty or responsibility

Synonyms: relinquish, quit, surrender, reject, renounce, abandon

Antonyms: confiscate, assume

Tips: Abdicate is derived from the Latin abdicare, "to renounce." The noun abdication refers to the act of renouncing one's office. Use the word abdicate to describe relinquishing of power, resigning, or stepping down from a position.

Usage Examples:

If the client isn't happy with our work we may have to abdicate our relationship. (relinquish, quit)

The politician abdicated his congressional seat in order to run for governor of his state. (relinquished, renounced)

A new leader had to be found when Ashley abdicated her position. (quit, abandoned)

If you don't vote, it's an abdication of your civil duty. (abandonment, rejection) noun

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