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Definition of relinquish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relinquish
    he / she / it relinquishes
    past simple relinquished
    -ing form relinquishing
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  1. 1to stop having something, especially when this happens unwillingly synonym give somethingup
  2. 2 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.
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