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

     

    renounce

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈnaʊns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈnaʊns//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they renounce
    BrE BrE//rɪˈnaʊns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈnaʊns//
     
    he / she / it renounces
    BrE BrE//rɪˈnaʊnsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈnaʊnsɪz//
     
    past simple renounced
    BrE BrE//rɪˈnaʊnst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈnaʊnst//
     
    past participle renounced
    BrE BrE//rɪˈnaʊnst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈnaʊnst//
     
    -ing form renouncing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈnaʊnsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈnaʊnsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1renounce something to state officially that you are no longer going to keep a title, position, etc. synonym give somethingup to renounce a claim/title/privilege/right Will Charles renounce the throne in favour of his son? The Prince has refused to renounce his right to the throne. He has formally renounced his claim to the throne.
  2. 2renounce something to state publicly that you no longer have a particular belief or that you will no longer behave in a particular way to renounce ideals/principles/beliefs, etc. a joint declaration renouncing the use of violence Many were executed for refusing to renounce their religion.
  3. 3renounce somebody/something to state publicly that you no longer wish to have a connection with somebody/something because you disapprove of them synonym disown He had renounced his former associates.
  4. see also renunciation
    Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French renoncer, from Latin renuntiare ‘protest against’, from re- (expressing reversal) + nuntiare ‘announce’.
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