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Definition of the verb relinquish

What does relinquish mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: relinquished | relinquishing | relinquishes

  1. part with a possession or right
    • example: I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I donated my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Theme]He is willing to sacrifice to the arbitrage trader some small profit

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): gift, hand out, lose, pass out, refer, remit, resign, restore, shell out.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of relinquish: free / give up / release / resign
    • more generic terms: give / hand / pass / pass on / reach / turn over = place into the hands or custody of
    • more specific words:
  2. do without or cease to hold or adhere to
  3. turn away from; give up
  4. release, as from one's grip

Alternative definition of the verb relinquish


  1. To give up, abandon or retire from something.
  2. To let go (free, away), physically release.
  3. To metaphorically surrender, yield control or possession.
  4. To accept to give up, withdraw etc.


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Things as well as persons may be abandoned, deserted, or forsaken; things only are relinquished. To relinquish is an act of prudence or ...

Google previewThe writer's and student's assistant: or, A compendious dictionary, rendering the more common words and phrases in the English language into the more elegant or scholastic (1833)

by John Henry Brady

To Leave or forsake — abandon, desert, relinquish. The word relinquish is now used in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of South Dakota Indians (2001)

by Donald Ricky

The said chiefs and delegates of said tribe of Indians do hereby Cede and relinquish to the United States all the lands now owned, possessed, or claimed by them, wherever situated, except four hundred thousand acres thereof, situated and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To RELINQUISH, v. a. [relinguo, Lat.] 1. . To forsake ; to abandon ; to ...

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Usage statistics about relinquish

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb relinquish:


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Quotes about Relinquish

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness. (Nicole Kidman)
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Scrabble value of R1E1L1I1N1Q10U1I1S1H4

The value of this 10-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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