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relinquish

[ri-ling-kwish] /rɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.):
to relinquish the throne.
2.
to give up; put aside or desist from:
to relinquish a plan.
3.
to let go; release:
to relinquish one's hold.
Origin of relinquish
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English relinquissen, relinquisshen < Middle French relinquiss-, long stem of relinquirLatin relinquere to leave behind, equivalent to re- re- + linquere to leave (akin to lend)
Related forms
relinquisher, noun
relinquishment, noun
nonrelinquishment, noun
unrelinquished, adjective
unrelinquishing, adjective
Synonyms
2. yield, cede, waive, forego, abdicate, leave, quit, forswear, desert, resign. See abandon1 .
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  • Rather than relinquish her, however, he would have set Rome on fire.

  • That in this business I must relinquish all hope of recommencing.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Burrell, however, had too much at stake tamely to relinquish his purpose.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • One or the other you must relinquish, and it is yours to make a choice between them.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • He was not required to relinquish a single article of religious belief which he had previously held under a divine sanction.

British Dictionary definitions for relinquish

relinquish

/rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
2.
to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
3.
to release; let go
Derived Forms
relinquisher, noun
relinquishment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave
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Word Origin and History for relinquish
v.

mid-15c., "desert, abandon;" late 15c., "give up, desist," from Old French relinquiss-, present participle stem of relinquir (12c.), from Latin relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from root *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Sanskrit reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Greek leipein "to leave;" Gothic leihvan, Old English lænan "to lend;" Old High German lihan "to borrow;" Old Norse lan "loan"). Related: Relinquished; relinquishing.

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