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
Freedom gained cannot be relinquished easily but so too the miseries that come tied with the liberation.
He later acknowledged that he had relinquished his equity stake in the company only the day before.
After several hours, both sides relinquished their respective strongholds along the perimeter of the reservation.
As the water heated, it expanded and pushed into the radiators where it relinquished its heat.
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