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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
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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Examples from the web for relinquished
  • 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.
  • It may be temporary, but he's relinquished his position to another.
  • He relinquished his lease, returned his furniture and stayed with friends and relatives.
  • But they have not relinquished their grip on this part of the casino business.
British Dictionary definitions for relinquished

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 relinquished

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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