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

 

relinquish

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relinquish
BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃ//
 
he / she / it relinquishes
BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃɪz//
 
past simple relinquished
BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃt//
 
past participle relinquished
BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃt//
 
-ing form relinquishing
BrE BrE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlɪŋkwɪʃɪŋ//
 
 
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to stop having something, especially when this happens unwillingly synonym give somethingup relinquish something He was forced to relinquish control of the company. They had relinquished all hope that she was alive. I relinquished her hand (= stopped holding it) and stood up. relinquish something to somebody She relinquished possession of the house to her sister. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French relinquiss-, lengthened stem of relinquir, from Latin relinquere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + linquere ‘to leave’.Extra examples Adrian finally relinquished Eva’s hand from his grip. She has relinquished the post to her cousin, Sir Edward. They will never voluntarily relinquish their independence.
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