verb (used with object)
to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
to give up; put aside or desist from: to relinquish a plan.
to let go; release: to relinquish one's hold.

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)

relinquisher, noun
relinquishment, noun
nonrelinquishment, noun
unrelinquished, adjective
unrelinquishing, adjective

2. yield, cede, waive, forego, abdicate, leave, quit, forswear, desert, resign. See abandon1. Unabridged
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relinquish (rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ)
1.  to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
2.  to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
3.  to release; let go
[C15: from French relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave]

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Word Origin & History

1472, from M.Fr. relinquiss-, prp. stem of relinquir (12c.), from L. relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from base *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Skt. reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Gk. leipein "to leave;" Goth.
leihvan, O.E. lænan "to lend;" O.H.G. lihan "to borrow;" O.N. lan "loan").
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Example sentences
Sorry you had to relinquish your dog to a rescue group but you shouldn't give
  up on the idea of getting a rescue dog.
The only reason the dogs respond as they do is because you relinquish your
  leadership position during that moment.
Well, in the first place you have to be lucky to get a rabbit to relinquish
  it's foot.
My suggestion is for you to relinquish any reliance on fossil fuels for an
  entire month.
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