Definition of abdicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    abdicate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈæbdɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdɪkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abdicate
    BrE BrE//ˈæbdɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it abdicates
    BrE BrE//ˈæbdɪkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple abdicated
    BrE BrE//ˈæbdɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle abdicated
    BrE BrE//ˈæbdɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form abdicating
    BrE BrE//ˈæbdɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbdɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to give up the position of being king or queen He abdicated in favour of his son. abdicate something She was forced to abdicate the throne of Spain. Wordfinderabdicate, accede, crown, king, government, monarch, throne, reign, royal, succession
  2. 2[transitive] abdicate responsibility/your responsibilities to fail or refuse to perform a duty
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin abdicat- ‘renounced’, from the verb abdicare, from ab- ‘away, from’ + dicare ‘declare’.
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