- 1[intransitive, transitive] to give up the position of being king or queen He abdicated in favor of his son. abdicate something She was forced to abdicate the throne of Spain.
- 2[transitive] abdicate responsibility/your responsibilities to fail or refuse to perform a duty
NAmE//ˈæbdɪˌkeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abdicate
he / she / it abdicates
past simple abdicated
-ing form abdicating
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NAmE//ˌæbdɪˈkeɪʃn//noun [uncountable, countable]