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Definition of abdicate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abdicate
    he / she / it abdicates
    past simple abdicated
    -ing form abdicating
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] abdicate responsibility/your responsibilities to fail or refuse to perform a duty
noun [uncountable, countable]
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