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[ab-di-keyt] /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), abdicated, abdicating.
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.
verb (used with object), abdicated, abdicating.
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.
Origin of abdicate
1535-45; < Latin abdicātus renounced (past participle of abdicāre), equivalent to ab- ab- + dicātus proclaimed (dic- (see dictum) + -ātus -ate1)
Related forms
[ab-di-kuh-buh l] /ˈæb dɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
[ab-di-key-tiv, -kuh-] /ˈæb dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə-/ (Show IPA),
abdicator, noun
nonabdicative, adjective
unabdicated, adjective
unabdicating, adjective
unabdicative, adjective
Can be confused
abdicate, abrogate, arrogate, derogate.
1. resign, quit. 2. abandon, repudiate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abdicate
  • We live in a society that encourages us to abdicate responsibility.
  • Kings may die or abdicate.
  • However, there is no serious sign the erratic leader might abdicate.
  • Many people can fall hard when a few abdicate their responsibility as leaders.
  • Having tenure shouldn't be a license to abdicate responsiblity as a mentor- it's part of the job description.
  • After two years of uneasy coexistence, he was forced to abdicate.
  • There's speculation the current queen will abdicate this year or next and he would become king, if he survives that long.
  • Dictators do not abdicate voluntarily.
  • He's a strong leader -- he doesn't abdicate, but he involves people.
  • If we choose to abdicate our leadership, consequences are dire.
British Dictionary definitions for abdicate


to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally
Derived Forms
abdicable (ˈæbdɪkəbəl) adjective
abdication, noun
abdicative (æbˈdɪkətɪv) adjective
abdicator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from the past participle of Latin abdicāre to proclaim away, disclaim
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Word Origin and History for abdicate

1540s, "to disown, disinherit (children)," from Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare "to disown, disavow, reject" (specifically abdicare magistratu "renounce office"), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Meaning "divest oneself of office" first recorded 1610s. Related: Abdicated; abdicating.

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